Final stage of Barmouth Bridge upgrade

Network Rail has commenced the final stage of the refurbishment of Barmouth Viaduct. A 13-week closure began on September 2, to enable engineers to replace the metal elements of the 154-year-old Grade 2 Listed Welsh viaduct on a like-for-like basis.

This includes the removal of the two metal spans, which weigh 160 tonnes each. In late August, a practice operation took place on a mock railway track nearby, to test the cantilever and jack system that will be used to lift two newly fabricated spans into place. Work first began on the iconic structure in 2020, with some £30 million having already been spent on replacing timber beams and other strengthening work.

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