Update - December 2021
** BARMOUTH VIADUCT UPDATE **
The railway line is on track to reopen on 29 December.
The walkway will reopen from Christmas Day until 9 January, to allow local people and visitors to the area to walk across it. There will be some narrowing and marshalling of the walkway to keep people safe while the laying of the track continues.
The work to restore the walkway will resume on 10 January and this will take approximately five weeks.
Trains will continue to run – only the walkway will be closed during this period.
Barmouth viaduct restoration extended as engineers discover damage much worse than feared.
Network Rail Announcement 01/12/21:
Network Rail has apologised to passengers and the local community as its £30m restoration of Barmouth Viaduct is being extended after engineers found the condition of the timber structure was worse than anticipated.
The work to refurbish the Grade II* listed viaduct is the biggest and most ambitious in its history with the three-year programme scheduled to replace more than 1,000 timber and metal parts of the bridge, which are rotten and decaying.
The railway will now reopen on 29 December, 17 days later than planned, so engineers can safely carry out the additional repairs.
As work has progressed this autumn, Network Rail engineers have had the opportunity to thoroughly examine the condition of the structure. Unfortunately, a number of additional timbers under the railway and the walkway have been found to need replacing due to deterioration.
Gareth Yates, project manager at Network Rail, said: “We understand that this is disappointing and are very sorry for the inconvenience this extended closure of the railway and walkway will cause.
“The extent of the damage is far worse than we feared so we are extending this work now, when visitor numbers to Barmouth are lower and schools are going into Christmas holidays, to reduce disruption as much as possible.
“We will have engineers working around the clock to get the railway reopened.
“The work we are carrying out will ensure this iconic viaduct will continue to serve the community and visitors for many years to come.”
The viaduct will not be able to reopen while this vital work is carried out and is now planned to reopen to rail passengers on 29 December, assuming no further defects are found, and subject to extreme weather conditions which can cause delays when lifting machinery and cranes are needed.
Network Rail is working closely with Transport for Wales as they make arrangements to provide rail replacement services during the extended closure of the railway.
Update - September 2021
Temporary closure of Barmouth Viaduct
Barmouth Viaduct will close for 3 months from Sunday 12 September 2021 as part of Network Rail's ongoing restoration project.
During the closure, it will not be possible to walk, cycle or get a train over the viaduct, and Transport for Wales will be providing a rail replacement bus service between Pwllheli and Machynlleth stations, and all stations in between. There will also be an additional bus service for local school pupils to take them to and from school.
For more information about the project, go to:
Restoring Barmouth Viaduct
Barmouth Viaduct Upgrade FAQ May 2020 - English
Barmouth Viaduct Upgrade FAQ May 2020 - Welsh
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