Update - December 2019
Engineering Solutions for Barmouth Bridge Access
With climate change and the environment such an important issue at the moment, members of the Barmouth Viaduct Access Group (BVAG) are keener than ever to see progress being made on the project that can deliver a traffic free route from Barmouth's historic harbour side to its iconic railway bridge. The proposed access route will provide the vital safer missing link for pedestrians and cyclists between the town and the Mawddach trail.
In talks that have taken place this year involving BVAG, Network Rail and Gwynedd council, the issue of "coastal squeeze" has been raised. Put simply, this is the concern over what will be the impact on seawater displacement as the incoming tide meets the new access way that is planned to run at a width of three metres beyond the existing embankment. In order to address this issue BVAG who are backing the access route have engaged specialist local engineer Mark Roberts of CFS, who helped design the original scheme, to determine with Natural Resources Wales the impact of the proposed new structure.
BVAG Chair, Jamie Brooks who has been very closely involved with the engineering consultant stated "Once we have found out the exact impact we will either continue with the existing scheme, or following discussions with a renowned bridge design company, look at alternatives if necessary."
It is expected that sometime between 2021 and 2024 that Network Rail will be undertaking major refurbishment works on Barmouth Viaduct. BVAG spokesperson, Graham Hogg, stated that "I am now hopeful that we will soon be able to sit down a meet with the relevant agencies and government bodies to make this important project a reality that can be delivered alongside the viaduct refurbishment."
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