Major refurbishment of historic bridge swings into action

Major refurbishment of historic bridge swings into action

Goole Swing Bridge is to undergo an extensive set of renovations which will see improvements made to the engineering and structural parts of the historic structure.

Network Rail confirmed that the renewal of the operating plant, the hydraulic turning and jacking systems will all be upgraded on the 154-year old bridge.

The bridge is one of the oldest surviving rail swing bridges in the country, with passenger and freight rail using it on a daily basis alongside allowing safe passage for boats traveling alongside it.

However, much of the bridge still operates using original 1860’s hydraulic machinery given its Grade II* listed status which causes issues when upgrading the or mending issues with the bridge.

James Wright, Senior Portfolio Manager at Network Rail, said: “This bridge has reliably served passengers travelling between Doncaster and Hull for over 150 years and is rightly considered one of the finest swing bridges in Britain, so I’m incredibly excited to see it benefit from much needed upgrades.

The crucial project will ensure that the structure can continue to operate safely and reliably, bringing it into the 21st century whilst retaining its rich heritage.

I’d like to thank passengers for their patience whilst we push ahead this work and I look forward to the improved bridge reopening next month.”

The bridge was at one point, the second largest rail swing bridge in the world with a swing span of 251 ft long and 16 ft deep. The bridge itself sits on cast iron cylinder piers which are up-to 90ft in depth.

Work on the bridge will take place through most of June, with the major upgrades due to be complete by 2 July.

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