Wednesday 27 Jun 2018
Residents invited to find out more about bridge renewal project in Newport
Network Rail will soon begin refurbishing Caerleon Road railway bridge in Newport as part of its Railway Upgrade Plan. The local community is invited to a drop-in event to find out more.
The essential work to the 113-year-old railway underbridge, which crosses Caerleon Road, will include repairs to the steelwork to strengthen the bridge and stonework repairs to the bridge abutments, plus deep cleaning and painting.
Lee Ackerman, project manager for Network Rail in Wales and Borders, said: “This essential work will help restore the bridge for years to come. We have been working closely with Newport City Council to minimise disruption to the local community and road users, and will complete the work in two phases to avoid closing the road for an extended period.
“We would like to thank everyone in advance for their patience and invite the local community to come along to our drop-in event to find out more.”
The drop-in event will be held on Thursday 5 July at Neon Theatre, Clarence Place, Newport, NP19 7AB, from 3pm until 6pm. No appointment is necessary, and anyone interested in finding out more can just drop in to speak to a member of the project team.
The first phase of these works will commence on Friday 20 July to 30 November 2018 when the first half of the bridge will be refurbished.
Preparatory work, including completing structural surveys and site set up, will commence at 11.30pm on Friday 20 July. Whilst setting up site, Caerleon Road will be temporarily closed overnight from 11.30pm to 7am on Friday 20 July and Saturday 21 July and overnight from 9pm on Sunday 22 July to 5.30am on Monday 23 July. A temporary diversion route will be clearly signposted. Access for pedestrians and cyclists will remain open throughout the duration of the work.
The second and final phase of the works will commence in January 2019 and is due to be completed by March 2019.
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