Work is now underway to prepare for the demolition and reconstruction of the bridge under the railway which enables access to Parklea playing fields in Port Glasgow.

The work is required due to corrosion in the existing bridge structure and defects in the supporting masonry and replacing the structure represents and investment of circa £0.5m.

Glasgow Road in Port Glasgow will be closed (between Heggies Avenue and Silverbirch Wynd) from 6am Friday 10th until 5pm on Monday 13th January when we will lift the railway and demolish and reconstruct the bridge deck, relay the railway and undertake repairs on the masonry abutments(side-walls) during 52 hours of continuous working.

The short-term closure of Glasgow Road is in addition to the closure of Parklee Road from 2nd December to 24th January.

Work at Parklea is taking place on one of two consecutive weekends in January when trains are not running on the line through Port Glasgow and Greenock. Work will begin after close of service on Friday 3rd and Friday 10th of January. Engineers will then work continuously 24-7 before the line re-opens for normal service on Monday 6th and 13th January.

Work on the railway bridge at Dellingburn Street in Greenock will be on both of these weekends and buses will replace trains on these dates.

ScotRail will provide details on alternative bus arrangements closer to the time.

A Network Rail spokesperson said, “The access to Parklea playing fields is one of a number of bridges we are repairing or replacing as part of our wider programme of maintenance and enhancement of our structures.

“We have scheduled the work in a way that minimises disruption for road and rail users with this bridge being replaced while the line is already closed to enable work on the railway bridge at Dellingburn Street in Greenock.

We apologise for any inconvenience and thank the local communities for their patience as we deliver this investment in Scotland’s railway.”