Glenfinnan Viaduct

Iconic Highlands viaduct set for repair project

Network Rail will start repairs on the 123-year-old Glenfinnan viaduct later this month, in a £3.4 million investment.

AmcoGiffen has been named as the principal contractor for the project, in which engineers will assess the strength of the viaduct and carry out work to protect it from water erosion, while also undertaking concrete repairs and making improvements beneath the track.

The Glenfinnan viaduct sits 100 feet above the River Finnan on the West Highland Line, 17 miles from Fort William.

Glenfinnan Viaduct wide shot

The project, which is forecast to take just under a year to complete, is part of Network Rail’s maintenance programme, and will help to futureproof the landmark, which is the longest concrete viaduct in Scotland.

Laura Craig, scheme project manager, Network Rail, said: "The viaduct is an iconic landmark which attracts visitors from across the world, so we’ve worked hard to develop a solution which will help preserve the structure, respect its historic significance while minimising the visual impact of our work." 

Glenfinnan Viaduct in situ

Stephen Campbell, operations director, AmcoGiffen, said: “We are privileged to contribute to the preservation of this cherished landmark and will work closely with Network Rail to protect the heritage of the viaduct and surrounding area while repairing its structural integrity for generations to come.”

The viaduct is Grade A-listed, meaning it is of national importance. There will be no alteration to its appearance during the repair project.

There will be no disruption to rail services during the work.

Image credit: Network Rail


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