A footbridge in central Glasgow is to be closed for five weeks while refurbishment works are carried out. 

Works on the Royal Infirmary Footbridge at Junction 15 on the M8, adjacent to the Townhead Interchange will begin later this month as safety checks and upgrades are carried out. 

Earlier work to upgrade structural bearings on the bridge were carried out at the end of last year. 

This programme of waterproofing, bridge joint work and resurfacing will begin on Monday, February 25, from 7am and will continue for approximately five weeks. 

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As a result, pedestrians travelling to the Royal Infirmary are asked to allow extra time for their journeys. 

Andrew Orr, Scotland TranServ’s senior structures sechnician, said: “The initial phase of this programme, the replacement of bridge bearings, was completed on schedule in December last year.

"We have been working with the local authority and key stakeholders such as the hospital to carefully schedule this secondary phase.

"Emergency services will not be affected throughout the duration of these works.

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“It will be necessary to close the footbridge to the public so that we can carry out this project as safely as possible. A pedestrian diversion route will be in place throughout the scheme.”

Work will be carried out by Scotland TranServ, on behalf of Transport Scotland. 

Billy Troup, Scotland TranServ’s bridges manager added: “Across South West Scotland, Scotland TranServ is working on behalf of Transport Scotland to prioritise such maintenance issues and deliver our improvement projects as quickly, efficiently and safely as possible.

"This programme of work has therefore been scheduled to be delivered with maximum efficiency and minimal disruption to the public.”

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