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New paint job for historic viaduct

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One of Britain’s oldest railway bridges has been repainted as part of a £10 million renovation project.

Pyeroy has completed a two-year £1.5 million refurbishment of the Ouseburn Railway Viaduct in Newcastle upon Tyne.

The viaduct, which towers 108 ft above the River Ouseburn, was built in 1839 using laminated timber before being replaced in 1869 with a nine-span structure featuring five central wrought iron arches.

Pyeroy worked alongside Carillion, who is the main contractor for the £10 million Network Rail project to strengthen and repair the Grade II listed viaduct.

Repainting the viaduct, which carries the East Coast railway line over the Ouseburn Valley, involved grit blasting all the ironwork on the 918 ft-long structure before final surface preparation and painting.

Brendan Fitzsimons, director of Pyeroy’s infrastructure services division, said: “This is another prestigious project demonstrating how we deliver cost effective solutions with unparalleled experience in bridge refurbishment.”

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