Barmouth Viaduct clouds at dawn, via Network rail

Barmouth Viaduct to reopen just in time for half term

Barmouth Viaduct will reopen for passengers in a four-week spell from Saturday 15th October until Sunday 13th October, providing travel opportunities for the upcoming half term.

This historic viaduct has been closed for five weeks, from Monday 12th September, whilst Network Rail engineers conducted vital repair and restoration works. Working concurrently with Alun Griffiths, the engineering teams have successfully repaired the timber supporting beams and have continued the works to restore a metallic sub-structure section.

The metallic element restoration had previously been scheduled to be completed within a singular time frame over the Autumn, however it is now being split over the next two years to reduce the disruptions to rail services and the local economy. Finalised dates for project completion are being cemented for 2023.

Through the five-week period of works, more than 2,000 hours have been dedicated to the project, maximising output and efficiency to ensure the work could be completed in a timely manner, whilst adapting shift patterns to work in safe weather conditions.

The further stage of works is scheduled for November and will include the additional repairs and strengthening works, including a needed track renewal. The railway will close once again during this period to ensure the works are carried out safely for staff and pedestrians alike.

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.”

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