UK: Network Rail to Refurbish Chepstow Viaduct for Severn Estuary Line

Network Rail is refurbishing the 170-year-old Chepstow Viaduct bridge over the river Wye to ensure the longevity of the Severn Estuary railway line.

This 4.6 million GBP project will enable future passenger and freight trains to continue crossing the historic Grade II listed Chepstow Viaduct, which was built by Brunel and opened in 1852.

Chepstow viaduct
A close-up of Chepstow Viaduct
Lee Ackerman, Scheme Project Manager at Network Rail, said:

“It’s a privilege to be upgrading a historic piece of railway engineering. This bridge has played an important role in linking Wales and England for more than 150-years, and we plan on ensuring that it can continue to do that for many more to come.”

Engineers will strengthen and re-construct the abutments on the viaduct, while also carrying out steelwork repairs, waterproofing and masonry repairs.

This project is part of a larger package of work on this section of the Wales and Borders route. Upgrades are also taking place towards Lydney as part of the Severn Estuary Resilience Programme.

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