Latest Rail News

19.03.13

Pont Briwet bridge replacement contract awarded

A partnership between Network Rail and Gwynnd council is to replace Pont Briwet bridge near Porthmadog in North Wales.

The contract has been awarded to HOCHTIEF (UK) Construction, and work is due to begin in February 2015.

Funding for the project comes from Network Rail, over £9m from the European Regional Development Fund and £5m via Mid Wales Regional Transport Consortium, TraCC.

The bridge currently carries the single track Cambrian Coast railway from Dovey Junction to Pwllheli and a single track toll road. Heavier vehicles cannot travel over the bridge.

It will be extended from 8.5 metres wide to 18 metres, and will provide a two-lane public highway and cycle route. The toll will be removed and the line speed will be increased from 30km per hour to 65kph.

The bridge will be completely replaced in phases and a temporary bridge will be used for vehicle crossings.

Mark Langman, Network Rail’s Wales route managing director, said: “This scheme joins a number of other rail improvement projects in North Wales that will help deliver better journeys and boost economic growth in the area.

“The work at Pont Briwet bridge will make it easier to get to travel between Harlech, Penryndeudraeth and Porthmadog and we would like to thank people for their patience whilst this important work is carried out.”

Cllr Barry Thomas, chair of the Mid Wales Transport Consortium Board, said: “Discussions relating to Pont Briwet Bridge have been ongoing for some time and I am delighted that it can now finally proceed.

“This will be a major boost for the area, and will undoubtedly have positive impacts for rail and bus passengers with shorter journey times as well as drivers of larger or heavier vehicles who will be able to take advantage of a far more direct route across the river. TraCC is delighted to be a part of this major project.”

Tell us what you think – have your say below, or email us directly at opinion@railtechnologymagazine.com

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

related

rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

Council voices several ‘critical’ objections to East West Rail Phase 2 plans

22/11/2018Council voices several ‘critical’ objections to East West Rail Phase 2 plans

A county council has expressed a number of issues deemed “unacceptable” and “critical” relating to Network Rail’s a... more >
RAIB, ORR and BTP all launch investigations after rail worker is killed by train

22/11/2018RAIB, ORR and BTP all launch investigations after rail worker is killed by train

The ORR, RAIB and the BTP have all launched investigations after a railway worker died when he was struck by a train at Stoats Nest Junction, Sur... more >
Crossrail could need even more bailout cash as Khan lashes out at ‘unfit’ governance

22/11/2018Crossrail could need even more bailout cash as Khan lashes out at ‘unfit’ governance

The capital’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, has revealed that the delayed and financially troubled Crossrail project will need even more cash injectio... more >

editor's comment

23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

rail industry focus

View all News

interviews

HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >
Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

09/11/2018Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

Sponsored interview  Anything that brings about safety and time-saving benefits is a valued improvement for the rail industry, which is w... more >
Taking to the skies

30/10/2018Taking to the skies

Network Rail’s commitment to driving innovation is best encapsulated by its latest scheme involving high-definition imagery drones, or UAVs... more >

last word

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. ... more > more last word articles >

'the sleepers' daily blog

Crossrail and Crossrail 2: in the public eye

20/11/2018Crossrail and Crossrail 2: in the public eye

Since the shock announcement of the delay to Crossrail in September, taxpayers and decision-makers alike have been anxious to find out the latest... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

comment

Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >
Maintaining light rail

20/11/2018Maintaining light rail

Dr Adam Bevan, Professor Paul Allen and Professor Jay Jaiswal, of the Institute of Railway Research, take a look at new rail asset management tec... more >
dessan Design in the digital railway

20/11/2018dessan Design in the digital railway

Denise Watkins, business development manager at Hitachi Information Control Systems Europe (HICSE), discusses her organisation’s exciting n... more >
Challenging the perceptions of rail

13/11/2018Challenging the perceptions of rail

Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Rail Industry Association (RIA) explains how the RIA Rail Fellowship Programme is challenging people’... more >