Wednesday 17 Oct 2018
Network Rail completes revitalisation of historic bridges in Wandsworth
The Victorian railway bridges at Earlsfield station in Wandsworth have been given major facelifts to restore them to their former glory.
Network Rail’s ‘team orange’ engineers worked for 36 nights on the bridge upgrades, removing rust, defective paintwork and accumulated pigeon waste.
The steel bridges were then adorned with a ‘railway green’ colour with the station name written across them, in a nod to the Victorian heritage of the structures.
Network Rail worked with Wandsworth Council, who contributed £100,000 towards the overall cost of the scheme, to complete the work.
Simon Hubbard, project manager for Network Rail, said:
“The new-look bridges have done a lot to improve the overall appearance of the local area and I’m delighted we’ve been able to give the structures a new lease of life.
“The local community have been passionately behind the revival of these bridges, so I’m delighted we’ve been able to deliver this upgrade for them.”
New pigeon-proofing measures will now be added to the bridges in the form mesh and spikes, helping to protect cyclists and pedestrians from fouling birds.
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