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Published on : Monday, May 23, 2016
Beresford Road Bridge in Cardiff city centre will close to road traffic from July 23 until spring 2017, as essential work to upgrade the railway continues.The ageing steel road bridge between Beresford Road and Moorland Road, which connects Adamsdown and Splott, will be replaced with a new and improved structure to accommodate a brand new fleet of electric trains beneath and withstand the modern city centre traffic above .
This upgrade work is all part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan to electrify the South Wales Mainline, which will result in more seats, faster, more reliable journeys for passengers and an economic boost for South Wales thanks to better connectivity.
Network Rail has worked closely with Cardiff City Council on an appropriate road diversion route to minimise disruption to the public as much as possible and pedestrians will be able to use the temporary footbridge located next to the bridge.
Karl Gilmore, programme manager for Network Rail Wales said: “Reconstruction of this bridge is essential as we prepare the South Wales Mainline for electrification. Electrifying the railway will provide a faster, greener more reliable rail service for passengers.
“I would like to thank the general public in advance for their patience as we carry out this essential upgrade work and would encourage them to come along to our drop-in events to find out more about the project and the long-term benefits electrification will bring to residents and passengers in the area.”
Network Rail will host public drop in events in Splott on Thursday, 26 May between 3pm and 7pm at STAR Centre and on Tuesday, 7 June at St Albans Church between 3pm and 7pm.Members of the site team will be on hand to answer any questions about the works and no appointments are necessary.Work to replace Windsor Road Bridge will be completed and the road reopened in early July ahead of the Beresford Road Bridge closure.