MSP for Dundee City East, Shona Robison, is demanding an urgent rethink on the planned demolition of a historic bridge in Dundee’s docks by Network Rail.
The East Dock Street to East Camperdown footbridge has been marked for removal by Network Rail, who have claimed that there “is no substantial demand” for the bridge to remain – despite no effort being made to consult the people of Dundee.
Ms Robison has now urged Network Rail to halt the demolition plans until a full review and public consultation has been carried out, with considerations made for Dundee’s architectural heritage.
Commenting, Ms Robison said:
“This bridge is a monument from a bygone era and a part of Dundee’s architectural history – too much of which has now been lost.
“For Network Rail to remove this historic bridge without any consultation with the Dundee public is simply unacceptable.
“I have sought an urgent meeting with Network Rail’s management in Scotland to raise these serious concerns and demand the people of Dundee be fully consulted.
“I have also written to the Chief Executive of Network Rail, Andrew Haines OBE, to seek answers on why no effort has been made to hold any public consultation.
“Time is of the essence. Network Rail must suspend demolition before any decisions on the future of the bridge are made, and yet another part of Dundee’s history is needlessly lost.”
Ms Robison has raised her concerns with the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Michael Matheson MSP.
Network Rail have agreed to meet Ms Robison at the Scottish Parliament to discuss this matter.
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