A MAJOR road in Glasgow will close for a year to allow for the demolition and rebuilding of a bridge over the railway. 

Shields Road, which is located near the Shields Road subway station in the city's Southside, will close from August. 

The work will be undertaken by Network Rail and Glasgow City Council to rebuild the bridge which has been subject to weight restrictions for more than 20 years.

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During the 12-month period, Shields Road will be closed to all vehicles between St Andrew's Drive and Scotland Street. 

Pedestrian access, and access for cyclists who dismount, will be maintained via a temporary bridge which will be installed early on in the project. 

When complete, the Shields Road bridge will be stronger, wider and better able to handle the size and volume of the traffic that needs to travel over it. 

From August, work will see a range of utilities that cross the structure diverted, followed by the demolition of the existing bridge deck and repairs to the bridge abutments. 

Utilities will then be reconnected over the bridge ahead of it fully reopening in summer 2024. 

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Jeremy Spence, Network Rail’s senior programme manager for the Shields Road bridge project, said: "There is never an ideal time to close such a significant part of the road network and we understand the impact that this will have on those who use Shields Road and those living on the proposed diversion route.

"Delivery of this project has been carefully planned with our contractors and with Glasgow City Council, and the programme will be delivered with the minimum possible inconvenience for the local community.

"We thank everyone in advance for their patience during this work."

Ahead of the work, there will be a public drop-in from 4-7pm on Tuesday, July 4 at Pollokshields Community Centre on Kenmure Street.

Members of the community will be able to meet the project team and find out more about the work programme.