Latest Update - November 2020
Thank You - From Network Rail
"We are really gratefull to the local community for your continued support
There is more work to do and we will be back next year to continue the timber work on the viaduct. Please note, we have amended the dates for next year's closure, which will now take place from 12th September to 12th December.
During 2022 we will replace the metallic spans of the viaduct and the associated track.
We will also be upgrading the track at the north and south end of the viaduct in 2022.
The existing swing structure will be maintained but won't be brought back into use for operational and safety reasons."
Update - October 2020
Bridge Closure Extended 48 Hours
Message From Network Rail
The work on Barmouth Viaduct has been extended by 48 hours to allow more work to be delivered while passenger numbers are lower because of the firebreak lockdown.
This means that the railway and footway will remain closed and replacement transport will continue to be provided by Transport for Wales until Wednesday morning (4th November).
As you know, our work has been carefully planned to take place over three years, with three shorter full closures of the viaduct, rather than one longer full closure.
Although we've made great progress over the past week or so, the lockdown creates a golden opportunity to deliver more work, more efficiently - with the construction site in place, and with the necessary people and equipment on site. Most importantly, it allows us to accelerate progress at a time when it will impact less people.
Although learners in Years 9, 10 and 11 are not returning to school as normal after the half-term, we absolutely recognise that some pupils returning to school will be affected by this extension, and we are supporting Transport for Wales who are working closely with the relevant schools and the local authority.
We are very grateful to passengers and the local community for bearing with us and apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.
Update - October 2020
As a reminder, Barmouth Viaduct will be closed
from 11:40pm on 16 October until 05:30am on 2 November.
Update - August 2020
Message From Network Rail:
As a reminder, Barmouth Viaduct will be closed for 16 days while we carry out our restoration work, from 23:40 on 16 October until 5:30 on 2 November.
We will also be closing the bridge and walkway to carry out work on the following dates:
• From 00:10 until 10:10 on Sunday 6 September
• From 23:40 on Saturday 12 September until 09:55 on Sunday 13 September
• From 00:10 until 10:10 on Sunday 20 September
• From 23:15 on Saturday 26 September until 09:15 on Sunday 27 September
• From 00:10 until 10:10 on Sunday 4 October
• From 23:15 on Saturday 10 October until 10:10 on Sunday 11 October
Update - May 2020
Barmouth Viaduct to get £25m restoration
The Grade II* listed railway viaduct will undergo a £25m renovation dubbed "the biggest upgrade in its history", with a large number of the timber and metal elements replaced and a new track installed.
Network Rail said it had worked with heritage body Cadw and Gwynedd council on the planned redevelopment.
Bill Kelly, Network Rail's route director for Wales and Borders, said: "Barmouth Viaduct is one of the most celebrated and recognisable structures in Wales and is the only major timber-built bridge still in use."
"We are investing £25m to give Barmouth Viaduct the biggest upgrade in its history, protecting our industrial heritage and ensuring this vital transport link can continue to serve local people and visitors, when the time comes, for generations to come."
James Price, chief executive of Transport for Wales, added: "As our services will be affected, it's important for anyone travelling on the Cambrian Line to check before you travel, in case of any changes to our timetables."
The current plan includes the closure of the viaduct during the following periods:
2020 - 16 Oct (23.40) – 2 Nov (05.30)
2021 - 17 Sep (22.40) – 18 Dec (05.10)
2022 - TBC, likely Oct – Dec
More information is available on Network Rail's FAQs:
Barmouth Viaduct Upgrade FAQ May 2020 - English
Barmouth Viaduct Upgrade FAQ May 2020 - Welsh
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