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Published on : Saturday, April 9, 2016
The first phase of the reconstruction of Bridge Street Road Bridge in Newport city centre took place at the weekend with a temporary bridge installed as part of the essential upgrade work to prepare the bridge for a brand new fleet of electric trains.The work is part of Network Rail’s £40bn Railway Upgrade Plan to provide a bigger, better, more reliable railway for passengers.
The temporary bridge next to Bridge Street will enable gas, electricity and water utilities to be diverted while the bridge is reconstructed. The reconstruction is necessary to allow electric cables to be installed above the railway which runs underneath the road bridge, paving the way for a brand new fleet of electric trains. A 600ft crane was used to lift the services bridge into position in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The bridge, which dates back to 1911, is being replaced with a brand new structure, fit for modern day city centre traffic and will provide increased accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists.
Andrew Griffiths, programme manager for Network Rail Wales said: “Reconstruction of the 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 and improved air quality for those living near the railway and we’d like to thank passengers and the public for their patience while we carry out this essential improvement work.”
Network Rail has held a series of public meetings and drop-in sessions across Newport engaging with residents, road users and railway passengers about the works and to explain how electrification will benefit both railway neighbours and passengers.