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14.05.12

£2.1m bridge replacement for Esk Valley

Four bridges are being replaced on the Esk Valleyline between Middlesbrough and Whitby in June to ensure they are fit for purpose for many years. The work is worth approximately £2.1m and will take place in the school holidays to minimise disruption.

The bridges will be replaced in pairs, Derby and Duck together, and then Thorneywaite and Carr End, by large cranes. All the main bridge elements will be transported to the site via rail.

Phil Verster, route managing director for London North Eastern said: “The decision to schedule the work during the jubilee weekend was not taken lightly. These bridges are nearing the end of their life and need to be replaced.

“Network Rail has already given an undertaking that substantial engineering works of this kind will not be scheduled during the Olympics. The autumn and winter school holidays are not suitable as large cranes are required to lift the bridges which cannot operate in bad weather.”

Richard Allan, area director for Northern Rail, said: “We hope that our passengers on the Esk Valleyline will appreciate the work Network Rail is undertaking in June. The route is a crucial link for the local community and the work being done will ensure it will continue to provide not only a safe rail service between Whitby and Middlesbrough but also a reliable one, for years to come.”

Northern Rail trains on the Middlesbrough to Whitby line will be disrupted for nine days from Saturday 2 June 2012.

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