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New 3m crossing for Burntisland
The Firth of Forth around Burntisland
The bridge will open up part of Burntisland for future development
A new 3m concrete road bridge is to be built across a railway line in Fife to replace an old crossing which can only be used by pedestrians.

Network Rail and Fife Council plan to rebuild Lammerlaws bridge in Burntisland and reopen it to traffic.

The existing steel structure will be replaced by a concrete bridge which complies with the European Union's 40 tonne weight legislation.

The Lammerlaws Road bridge will be higher and wider than previously.

After construction is complete in the summer, vegetation will be replanted around the site.

When the work is done, cars will be able to cross there again and it will be possible to make improvements to the railway line below
David Simpson
Network Rail

It is anticipated that no major maintenance will be required for 25 years.

David Simpson, Network Rail's route director for Scotland, said: "Network Rail's investment of 500m in Scotland's railways in the next 12 months will enable us to upgrade the Lammerlaws bridge.

"When the work is done, cars will be able to cross there again and it will be possible to make improvements to the railway line below.

"This scheme could not be completed without the co-operation of Fife Council and we look forward to working in partnership with them to deliver this major local investment."

Councillor Jim Philp, Fife Council's transport and environment spokesman, said: "The funding package put together by both parties represents a significant investment in Burntisland.

"I know the local community will welcome the restoration of the direct access to the Lammerlaws area and an end to the long diversion around the east dock.

"The proposals include an improved, wider access which will open up the Lammerlaws area to future development."


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