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Scarborough rail bridge to undergo improvements

Words: Laura Edgar
Scarborough Rail Brdge

Essential work will begin this month on Scarborough rail bridge in York.

The £6 million investment, the most significant since the bridge was built in 1875, will involve replacing bridge decks, track and installing a new walkway to improve safety for railway workers. The work should keep the bridge safely in use for 120 years.

Phil Verster, route managing director for Network Rail, said: “The Scarborough Bridge has given good service for 140 years, but is now due for refurbishment. Once these improvements are complete, many parts of the bridge will not need any further work for decades.”

The work, Verster explains, is complex because the bridge spans the River Ouse and is in a residential area with narrow streets, near other important rail routes. “We have worked very closely with the City of York Council and First TransPennine Express to minimise the impact of the work on both local residents and the travelling public. I thank them for their patience while we undertake these essential works.” 

Network Rail has worked with the Canal and Rivers Trust, Natural England and the Environment Agency to secure permission to remove some vegetation as part of the work. This will be replaced subsequently.

First TransPennine Express has worked with Network Rail to reduce the disruption caused by the improvement works and more information of any potential disruptions is available from National Rail Enquiries.

The work is expected to be completed by March 2015.