Network Rail has re-opened the bridge at Thornton Road in East Kilbride today. 

The bridge, which sits over the railway, re-opened after demolition works began last year to replace the previous structure. 

The old bridge was demolished over the Christmas period and the Network Rail team focused on building the new one by craning six pre-cast concrete units into place that each weighed up to 35 tonnes.

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The move comes as part of a wider £140m Scottish Government investment in the East Kilbride Enhancement project to decarbonise passenger services.

Thornton Road bridge is one of several along the East Kilbride to Glasgow railway corridor being raised to provide more space underneath and is the second to be completed after a new footbridge near Hairmyres station opened last month.

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Simon Humble, Network Rail’s project manager for the bridge works, said: “The team’s made incredible progress since starting the bridge replacement works towards the end of last year. This hasn’t been without its challenges given the very wet and windy weather, particularly over the last few weeks.

“The re-opening of Thornton Road represents an important milestone on the enhancement project overall, as it marks the final element of our bridge replacement works in East Kilbride.

“I would like to thank the community for their patience both during the delivery of this work and the on-going activity across the wider route.”

Electric services will be introduced on the East Kilbride line following completion of the project in December 2025 and will offer enhanced operational performance and flexibility of service on the route.

To find out more on the East Kilbride Enhancement project call the Network Rail helpline on 03457 11 41 41 or email

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