Thursday 29 Apr 2004
NETWORK RAIL INVESTS £1.5M ON HARRINGWORTH VIADUCT
Network Rail has begun work on a three-year maintenance project at Europe’s largest masonry rail structure. The company is investing £1.5m over the course of the project to carry out essential work to the 125-year old Harringworth Viaduct, spanning the Welland Valley in Northamptonshire. -more- Harringworth –2 The viaduct is around 57ft in height, has 82 arches - each with a 40ft span, and is over three quarters of a mile long. The line across the viaduct forms part of the freight route between Manton Junction and Kettering near Corby. Over 20 million bricks were used in the construction of the bridge and maintenance work will include: · Brickwork repairs · Re-pointing · Re-casing · Re-building sections of the bridge’s parapets · Minor stonework. Glenn Darby, Structure Maintenance Engineer for the Midlands region commented “The construction of the viaduct started back in 1874, and the bricks used were made of local clay, as would be expected of a viaduct of this age, the brickwork has deteriorated in certain places over the years. We are working carefully to restore the bridge to its former glory and the project forms part of Network Rail’s commitment to rebuild Britain’s railway.”
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.