Thursday 22 Mar 2018
Green Lane road bridge reopens following reconstruction
Green Lane road bridge reopened to motorists yesterday, Wednesday 21 March, as work continues to modernise the railway between London and Cardiff.
Modernising the railway between London and Cardiff will allow passengers to fully benefit from GWR’s brand new bi-mode Intercity Express Trains. The new trains provide more seats and better on-board facilities for passengers travelling between the two capital cities and beyond, with the new trains running between Cardiff and Swansea on diesel.
The bridge, which connects Peterstone Wentlooge with St Mellons, closed to traffic in July 2016. It has been completely reconstructed and raised to accommodate the overhead line equipment needed for trains running on electricity to Cardiff.
The new bridge has a lifespan of around 120 years, and has been strengthened to withstand modern day traffic and heavier vehicles.
Steve Keighley, programme manager for Network Rail in Wales and Borders, said:
“We are delighted to have completed the upgrade of Green Lane road bridge. The community will benefit from an improved structure, and the work brings us one step closer to completing the modernisation of the South Wales Mainline.
“We worked closely with Arriva Trains Wales and GWR to ensure people could get to where they needed to be during the bridge demolition last year, and would like to thank passengers and residents for their patience during the upgrade work.”
Hawse Lane bridge, connecting Coedkernew and St Brides Wentlooge, is due to reopen in spring 2018.
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We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.
Every day, there are more than 4.8 million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.