Monday 10 Jan 2022
A step up: Vital work to upgrade bridge over railway in South Yorkshire begins today
Network Rail have begun major work to upgrade a bridge over the railway in Dodworth, Barnsley to make sure it remains fit for purpose for years to come.
From today (Monday 10 January), teams are on site and are working to strengthen the footbridge, which spans the line between Dodworth and Silkstone Common. The project will include repainting, repairs to steelwork and will see new anti-slip decking installed, as well as a new handrail.
To allow the £60,000 project to take place safely, the bridge will be closed whilst the work takes place and a diversion route via Station Road will be in place until the project completes on Friday, 11 February.
Matt Rice, Route Director for Network Rail’s North and East Route, said: “We know this bridge is commonly used by walkers and this project will make sure this route can continue to be enjoyed for years to come.
“During the work, a temporary diversion route will be in place and we’re sorry for any inconvenience this causes. We’re looking forward to the work completing next month and for the community to begin using the new and improved footbridge.”
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