RAILWAY BRIDGES LOOK TEN YEARS YOUNGER (WEST COUNTRY): Surface paint of railway bridge corroded

Thursday 11 Sep 2008


Region & Route:
| Wales & Western: Wales & Borders
| Southern: Wessex
| Wales & Western
| Southern
The South West of England have received a cash injection of more than £3.6m from Network Rail to makeover five unsightly railway bridges. These bridges, which have been blighted by graffiti, fly posters and pigeons, will be thoroughly cleaned and re-painted to bring them back to their former splendour.

The railway bridges are located in Bristol, Exeter, Gloucester and Swindon.

Decades of dirt, grime and graffiti will be blasted away using specialist high-powered equipment, and masonry and brick work will be re-grouted before these bridges are given a fresh lick of paint.

Chris Fuoco, area general manager, Network Rail says: “The facades of these bridges have been hard done by years of exposure to weather and abuse by graffiti and fly-posters. With this initiative, we will be able to make them look new again and give the surroundings a pleasant feel.

“In order to carry out this work safely and effectively, we will have to implement temporary road closures at some of the sites and we do apologise for that inconvenience.

“We have been working very closely with the relevant authorities to provide diversionary routes and public are welcome to contact our helpline 08457 114 141 or the local highway authorities for assistance on the changes”

Work has started at Swindon and will soon begin in Exeter. Some lanes at M5 (near junction 30) in Exeter will be closed from 20 September to 30 November 2008 to facilitate the work. Parts of M4 (at junction 19) will also be closed as work continues on next year at Bristol. Details on the temporary changes will be available from the relevant local highway authorities.

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