Friday 25 Mar 2022
Houndiscombe Bridge in Plymouth reopens following essential maintenance work
Network Rail has reopened Houndiscombe Bridge in Plymouth, Devon, today (Friday 25 March) following essential maintenance work.
The bridge, which is located to the east of Plymouth station, is popular with local residents who use it to get into the city on foot or by bike.
Network Rail started work on essential structural repairs on Saturday 22 January, extending the lifespan of the bridge by adding waterproofing and giving it a new coat of paint. The diversion that had been in place has now been removed with the bridge safely reopening.
Engineers will continue to work on the bridge overnight during weekends throughout April to complete the waterproofing and painting, to minimise the disruption for residents. The bridge will remain open during the day, closing at 10:30pm on Saturday nights for work to take place. Each Sunday, the bridge will reopen at 8:30am.
Michael Clapham, scheme project manager for Network Rail said: “We’re pleased to have reopened Houndiscombe Bridge this afternoon.
“This vital maintenance will mean that the structure remains safe for years to come.
“I’d like to thank local residents for their patience and understanding while we’ve carried out these repairs. Our teams will continue to work on the maintenance of the bridge throughout April, working overnight on Saturdays to keep disruption to a minimum”.
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