Network Rail Notification Railway Bridge Works – Gorgie Road/Robertson Avenue

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We have been sent the following information from Network Rail about planned works on the railway bridge on Gorgie Road, at the junction with Robertson Avenue, from January 5th 2021 to April 2 2021.

Following concern from GDCC about the disruptive nature of the works and lack of plans to hold a notification event for residents, Network Rail have agreed to host an online information event. This will be held on Thursday, December 17 from 16:00 to 18:30. Residents can register to take part by visiting the dedicated project portal at

Dear Community Councillors,

As part of our commitment to a safer railway, we will be carrying out the first phase of our vital work to the railway bridge on Gorgie Road, Edinburgh, from January 5, 2021. 

The refurbishment of the bridge is part of a wider, rolling programme of maintenance work on structures which is designed to extend their lifespan and keep the network safe and reliable.

This will be completed over two phases (January 5 to February 15, 2021 and then February 16 to April 2, 2021) and will include a partial lane closure with approval for the use of temporary traffic lights having already been granted by Edinburgh City Council. 

Our work will include steelwork repairs, painting works and a programme of devegetation works. To deliver this work safely and efficiently, there will be a partial lane closure under the bridge with temporary traffic lights in place.

The first phase of our scheduled programme of work is detailed in the table below:

DateShift TimesActivities
Tuesday 5th January until Friday 2nd April 2021.All timesPartial lane closure and temporary traffic lights in place under the bridge on Gorgie Road
Tuesday 5th January until Monday 11th January 2021 Dayshift
07:30 – 17:30
Installation of scaffolding which includes the use of hand and small power tools 
Tuesday 11th January until Friday 14th January 2021Dayshift
07:30 – 17:30
Installation of encapsulation, setting-up of blasting equipment & final seal.
Tuesday 11th January until Monday 15th FebruaryDayshift
07:30 – 17:30
Devegetation & Masonry works which includes the use of small powered tools/breakers and abrasive wheel tools
Friday 14th January until Friday 29th January 2021Dayshift
07:30 – 17:30
Painting & Grit blasting works which includes the use of blasting equipment powered by air fed compressors 
Sunday 24th January until Friday, 29th January 2021Nightshift
00:00 – 08:00
Trackside Mechanical Preparation and Painting of metallic elements which includes the use of temporary lighting, generators abrasive wheel tools and small breakers
Every Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 24th January until 8th FebruaryNightshift
00:00 – 08:00
Timber and Steelwork repairs which includes the use of temporary lighting, generators, compressors, rivet busting and hand tools.
Thursday 4th February until Monday 8th FebruaryDayshift
07:30 – 17:30
Steelwork repairs which includes the use of temporary lighting, generators, compressors and hand tools

As the programme moves forward, we will provide details about our plans for phase 2.

During projects like this, we would normally organise a public information session for local residents, however, due to the current restrictions, it is not possible at this time. 

Questions can be sent through to us via our 24-hr helpline on 03457 11 41 41 or our website

Download full notification letter here:

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