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Barmouth Viaduct reopens to rail passengers and pedestrians

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Network Rail and contractors Alun Griffiths have successfully carried out a number of essential upgrades to Barmouth Viaduct in 2022 as part of the structures biggest and most ambitious refurbishment, ever.

The railway and footbridge across the Grade II listed bridge reopened on Saturday 10 December.

During two four-week closures this autumn and winter, teams have worked day and night to strengthen and replace timber beans, foundation support structures (piles), and the metallic straps that help hold the viaduct together.

The closure of the railway allowed Network Rail to also upgrade a kilometre of track through the nearby Tywyn station. Barmouth Station’s canopy was also refurbished.

The work was scheduled to take place outside of the peak summer tourist season to minimise disruption to the local community, with the viaduct reopening during October half term.

The viaduct reopened with a normal train service on Saturday 10 December so local communities and tourists could fully enjoy the spectacular wooden structure and its surrounding natural beauty this festive period.

Nick Millington, interim route director at Network Rail Wales and Borders, said: “We’d like to thank the local community for bearing with us this autumn and winter as we carried out the latest stage of this essential restoration project.

“We’ll be returning in 2023 to replace the metallic elements of the bridge, which will secure the future of this important rail link for many years to come.”

Image credit: Dom Vacher

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