Praise for bridge refurbishments

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AFTER many years of campaigning by Carnoustie Community Council, Network Rail has finally completed the refurbishment of two overbridges in the town.

They are the main bridge to the Leisure Centre which runs from Park Avenue to Links Parade and the overbridge between Carlogie Road and Tayside Street.

Sadly the same cannot be said of another two bridges in the area.

The overbridge at Brown Street has been brought to the attention of Network Rail, and while emergency repairs have been carried out, a complete refurbishment is required.

The bridge at Barry Links Station has also been reported to Network Rail as it is in a very poor state and at present has signs erected warning of its poor condition.

This bridge will be in a very prominent position when the competitors and spectators arrive to watch the rifle shooting at Barry Buddon in the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

However, local councillor Angus Provost Helen Oswald is pleased at the work that has been completed. She told the Guide & Gazette: “I congratulate Carnoustie Community Council on their work with Network Rail and their perseverance to get this refurbishment done.

“The bridges are well used by locals and tourists alike and the state of repair is important in reflecting a good image of the town.

“I know the community council is continuing to put pressure on Network Rail to bring the other bridges in the area up to standard and they have my full support in this.”

Donald Ford, who lives in Tayside Street just 30 yards away from one of the bridges, is delighted with the end result of the repainted bridge.

He said: “Network Rail seem to have made an absolutely splendid job, although it has been a long time coming.

“All the work was done at night and it created a lot of noise. Needless to say my wife, Carol, and I are delighted it is finished.

“It really was an eyesore and now looks splendid, although the colour choice of garish green and yellow might not be everyone’s choice.”