Tuesday 25 Nov 2003


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Network Rail has successfully completed a £400,000 scheme to restore and refurbish a traditional, Victorian wrought iron rail bridge that runs over the River Glynde between Lewes and Southease stations.             The structure was completely refurbished and repainted, restoring the bridge to its original condition.              Built circa 1847, the bridge has been carefully restored with particular attention paid to the paint scheme, which has been designed to complement the local area.             Edmund Nuttall Ltd was the main contractor for the work, which took four months to complete. The bridge was grit blasted and painted with further maintenance work carried out significantly increasing the life of the structure.             All work carried out was subject to an environmental and ecological survey to ensure that protected species were not disturbed during the work.              Network Rail’s Regional Director, Robin Gisby said, “This work forms part of Network Rail’s commitment to rebuild Britain’s railway.  A considerable amount of work, money and effort has been put into the refurbishment scheme and I’m very pleased it has been so successful.”

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