Barmouth Viaduct to reopen for four weeks as Network Rail prepare for their second stage of restoration works

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The iconic Barmouth Viaduct will reopen for passengers for four weeks, including the half term, from Saturday 15 October to Sunday 13 November. 

The viaduct was closed for five weeks from Monday 12 September as Network Rail carried out essential repairs and restoration works. Working with contractors Alun Griffiths, teams from Network Rail repaired the timber supporting beams and continued with restoring the metallic sub-structure section.  

More than 2,000 working hours were dedicated to finishing this stage on time in the five-week window to reduce disruption for passengers. Engineers had to carefully plan their work around tide times and adapt their shifts to work in safe weather conditions.  

The next stage of work from November will include additional repairs and strengthening work as well as further metallic restoration and a track renewal. During this stage, the railway will close and the footpath across the viaduct will also close to keep pedestrians safe.  

Buses will replace train services from Sunday 15 November to Saturday 10 December, so passengers are urged to check before they travel to avoid disappointment.  

Ben Perkins, scheme project manager at Network Rail, said: “I would like to thank passengers for their patience as we continue to safely carry out these works on this vital transport link.  

“Our efforts will ensure that the viaduct will continue to be secure and will remain operational for future generations.” 

Photo credit: Network Rail

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