Network Rail begins restoration work on Traeth Mawr Viaduct


The UK’s Network Rail has announced a £1.85m project to restore the Traeth Mawr Viaduct to improve resilience on the Cambrian Line.

Located next to the Porthmadog Bypass (A487) over the Afon Glaslyn, the viaduct has 16 spans.

The work on the project involves replacement of timber elements on the rail over river viaduct during a nine-day closure of the Cambrian Line. This will allow to provide a safe, reliable and resilient railway services for many years.

The restoration work on the viaduct will also help to minimise disruption for passengers and reduce maintenance costs to the taxpayer.

During work on the railway line, rail replacement services will be undertaken by Transport of Wales.

Additionally, Network Rail is working on many other projects on the Cambrian Line, which includes a £25m restoration work on the Barmouth Viaduct.

Network Rail is expected to carry out further work on the Traeth Mawr Viaduct in 2022 or 2023.

Transport for Wales CEO James Price said: “It’s great to see Network Rail continuing to make progress in restoring historic structures on the Cambrian Coast Line and safeguarding its future, following Network Rail’s ongoing work to restore Barmouth Bridge.”

In a separate development, UK-based construction company Laing O’Rourke has announced that the Tottenham Court Road Elizabeth line station has reached the final commissioning phase.

The station has reached the T-12 milestone, which means it is substantially finished and is being ready for handover to Transport for London in 12 weeks time.

Main focus will be now on the extensive testing and commissioning of systems at the station before opening of the Elizabeth line in the first half of 2022.


Traeth Mawr bridge photo. (Credit: Network Rail.)



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