The Stirling Observer on 11th January had a front page story saying that the rail bridge linking Springkerse with the City Centre is to be replaced, leading to a total road closure at Kerse Road for up to one year. Network Rail and Stirling Council will have to put in diversionary routes during the closure to deal with the displaced traffic.
Commenting on the news, Braehead Community Council Chairperson Chris Kane says,
“I would imagine that the traffic volumes on the Pike Road-Broom Road-Linden Avenue route to and from the city centre will increase dramatically. If unmanaged this could be hellish within our community, particularly if we see more articulated lorries trying to navigate the small roundabouts and sharp bends. Children in nearby streets have to cross going to and from school and the road separates the bulk of the community from our two community halls, a playpark and our community garden. Network Rail cannot simply shrug their shoulders and say it has to happen; they need to work with us to minimise disruption and keep everybody safe.”
Chris continued, “I”m also conscious that there are residents living in Springkerse, particularly around Middlemuir Road and special consideration has to be given to the impact this will have on their lives. I’ve extended an invitation to the project team behind the bridge replacement to attend our next community council meeting on 30th January; if that date proves unsuitable I would want to call a separate public meeting with Network Rail and Stirling Council in the coming weeks.”
More information will be posted at www.braehead.org as it becomes available.