Residents in Old Kilpatrick have been promised that they won’t be left stranded when the road in the village is closed in a few weeks’ time.

Last week the Post revealed that Network Rail plans to close the stretch of the A814 over the railway line in the village from August 2 until November 26 to install a new bridge in place of a permanent structure put in place last year.

The railway infrastructure company says the new bridge will strengthen and safeguard the route for the long term after the deterioration of the current structure left it unsuitable for the weight and volume of traffic which passes over it each day.

The news prompted residents to raise concern over bus links in the village – highlighting that residents who rely on public transport could be cut off for the duration of the work.

But Network Rail says that won’t happen and that a replacement bus service will be provided throughout the closure.

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A Network Rail spokesman said: “We’re pleased to confirm that a bus service will be provided for the duration of the bridge closure at Old Kilpatrick. This will be funded by Transport Scotland and sourced by Network Rail through SPT.”

Resident Janice Hall told the Post: “As the train service is infrequent to Old Kilpatrick and not easily accessible for most, the replacement shuttle will be a godsend .

“There are also many elderly, infirm and non drivers who rely on the bus service to shop in Clydebank or to travel to the city .”

Marie McNair, MSP for Clydebank said: “This is very welcome as it will help reduce the inconvenience caused when the new bridge is being built. There is no doubt that a longer term solution in replacing the bridge was necessary."

“The community have been very understanding during the whole process and I am sorry that there will be further disruption.”