Cranes in place to build rail bridge as Kildare commuters travel by bus

The first of five bridges to be built for the Sallins bypass

Conor McHugh

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Cranes in place to build rail bridge as Kildare commuters travel by bus

The massive crane at the Osberstown construction site.

A massive crane and other heavy lifting machinery is in place at a building site in Osberstown in preparation for creating a bridge under the railway.

The rail line from Dubling to Kildare town is closed for the weekend starting this morning to allow the underpass to be built to facilitate the Sallins bypass.

Some services from Dublin Hueston to Kildare and Newbridge will operate as bus transfers over the period of Friday March 30 (Good Friday) to April 2 (Easter Monday), due to works to install the new precast bridge at Sallins.

Elsewhere, train service will operate between Newbridge and Mallow for Tralee connections. Train services will also operate between Newbridge and Limerick. People should also note that services to and from Heuston from Galway and Waterford will operate as a bus service between Kildare and Heuston.

This is only the first of several bridges to be built as part of the bypass. There will be two bridges over the Liffey, one over the canal and one over the M7 motorway. The one over the canal will also traverse the road from Oberstown to Digby Bridge which is curently closed as a result of damage to a bridge at the Leinster Aqueduct complex, although it is understood that will reopoen in the coming days.

This project and the widening of the existing motorway comes with a price tag of €110 million, approved in the 2017 budget.

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