Railway reopens following work to viaduct

The railway line between Crewe to Manchester reopened this morning (Wednesday 24 February) following work by Murphy, on behalf of Network Rail, to protect one of Cheshire’s most well-known railway bridges.

Vital refurbishment to the Twemlow viaduct in Holmes Chapel finished just before 4am this morning, following 11 days of continuous work from the Murphy team to make the railway safer and more reliable. As part of Network Rail’s on-going railway upgrade plan, the Grade-II listed viaduct received a full makeover, including the removal of water stains on the walls, brickwork repairs and waterproofing.

Chris Wright, contracts manager for J. Murphy & Sons Limited, said: “With such a short timeframe to carry out a significant amount of work, this was always going to be a project that pushed us but the team rose to the challenge. We pulled out all the stops and our innovative approach to working meant that we handed back the line to Network Rail as planned to see the first train pass over the viaduct first thing this morning.”

The viaduct was built in 1841 and originally designed for the Manchester and Birmingham Railway Company by George W. Buck. It carries the railway over the River Dane, and is constructed in brick and sandstone. The viaduct consists of 23 semi-circular arches, each with a span of 18 metres, and it has a plain stone parapet.

At the same time, Murphy also worked with Network Rail engineers a few miles away to carry out strengthening work to the Hungerford Road bridge in Crewe.

Terry Strickland, area director for Network Rail said: “Network Rail has worked tirelessly over the past 11 days to complete these works on time and to budget. While the work caused some disruption to passengers’ journeys, Network Rail has worked with the train operators to ensure all of this work can be conducted at the same time, saving £500,000 of taxpayers’ money and avoiding longer-term disruption.

Posted 24 February 2016 by Del Bowen

Engineering, Design, Fabrication, Rail

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