SAFETY assurances have been made by Network Rail after a survey of its Dalgety Bay footbridge.

MSP Annabelle Ewing, who represents the area, had raised concerns about the state of the bridge, which she says has suffered from low-level corrosion due to the use of de-icing salts.

The SNP politician added that "the bridge is far from pleasing to the eye" and has received further commitment that its appearance will be considered.

She said: "I recently raised concerns with Network Rail about the state of repair of the footbridge over the railway at Dalgety Bay and have now received a response.

"According to the information I have received, a recent inspection has shown issues relating to low-level corrosion, to both the structure and the anti-slip coating, all of which can be attributed to the use of de-icing salts in winter, and I am assured that the footbridge is perfectly safe.

Dunfermline Press: Annabelle Ewing has been assured by Network Rail that the bridge is safe.Annabelle Ewing has been assured by Network Rail that the bridge is safe. (Image: Contributed)

"I very much welcome that assurance since public safety has to be the number one priority, but it is also important to recognise that aesthetics matter too and in its current condition the bridge is far from pleasing to the eye.

"This has been acknowledged and so I also welcome the further commitment I have received that they will see what can be achieved in addressing the issue of the bridge’s appearance.

"I will be updated as to progress, and this is something on which I will continue to keep a close eye."