Works involve installing 24 steel plates and a thorough coat of pain that will prevent corrosion. The bridge carries up to 76 passenger and freight trains a day at speeds of up to 60mph and, should the work not be carried out, trains would have to run at a reduced speed over the bridge, which would cause delays and cancellations.
The improvements have been planned to take place during the half term week when fewer people travel, and the five day closure allows the work to be done quickly with less disruption for passengers. If the work was to be carried out over a series of weekends, it would take over six months of closures to complete. To make the most of the upcoming blockade, further maintenance work will also take place, including works at level crossings and vegetation clearance.
Passengers will be communicated the week commencing 29th January.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Matt Brennan - Public Affairs Manager Matt.Brennan@networkrail.co.uk