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Concerns raised after rural road forced to close after bridge collapse


A section of road through a west Stirlingshire village has been forced to close after a section collapsed into a burn.

The A809 road through Croftamie was shut from the B834 to the A811 after a section of wall and pavement at Catter Burn Bridge partially collapsed.

It’s understood the collapse occurred sometime between 4pm and 5pm on Thursday, September 30.

Stirling Council has put a diversion route in place, via the B834 and A81 to Ballat Crossroads, with HGVs diverted via the B834 and A875 through Killearn and Balfron.

The bridge sits on the Glasgow side of the village and is the main link between Glasgow and East Loch Lomondside.

Barriers had been in place on the bridge for a number of years after concerns were raised with Stirling Council by villagers and Croftamie Community Council in recent years.

The Stirling Observer has asked Stirling Council for comment.

One concerned resident contacted the Stirling Observer to raise concerns over how long any repair works will take. They said: “How long will it taken to repair? We are a gateway village to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

“It’s a school bus route to Balfron and it’s a main gritting route for the winter months, which usually start in mid-October.

“This will seriously affect the local business’s especially a new one like our But & Ben Cafe and those trying survive in this challenging economic time.”

It’s the third local closure in west Stirlingshire in recent month.

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In May this year,the Stirling Observer told how farmers and HGV drivers were facing a 19-mile diversion after part of a bridge on a rural road outside Balfron collapsed, closing the route.

Branshogle Bridge on the B818 partially collapsed back in March but consultants for Stirling Council fear that “a further collapse is likely”, resulting in a full closure.

The closure meant that lorries looking to head along the route between Balfron and Fintry now must take a lengthy detour via Buchlyvie, Arnprior and Kippen.

Last week, we told how another bridge on the outskirts on Balfron was forced to close after a massive fracture of a water pipe which carries supplies from Loch Katrine to Glasgow.

Ballochruin bridge wass out of bounds as Scottish Water carried out repairs to a section of the pipeline which burst there last month.

The structure, on the Ballochruin Road, C54, closed after one of the large cast-iron water main pipes fractured.

The road runs from Balfron Station to Boquhan and crosses the Endrick at Ballochruin bridge. The pipe burst, adjacent to the bridge, has caused the road surface to subside.




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