Historic bridge removal marks latest stage in flood works

A bridge that once carried rail traffic from Elgin to Lossiemouth is the latest landmark to be removed as part of the £86million Elgin flood alleviation scheme.

The line was opened in August 1852 with journeys taking around 15 minutes from Elgin Station to Lossiemouth Harbour. It was closed to passenger traffic in 1964 and finally to all rail traffic in 1966.

Seen as a major milestone towards the completion of the flood works next year, a crane was used today (Monday) to remove the deck and superstructure of the bridge at South Lesmurdie.

Work will now proceed on the dismantling of the stonework that supported the bridge.

A spokesman for Moray Council said: “The structure created a pinch point on the river which contributed to the flooding which the South Lesmurdie area has suffered several times in recent years.

“Its removal will help to ensure that the flow of the river is not impeded during times of high water.”

Flood alleviation works started in April 2011 and are expected to be completed in the spring of next year.

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