Three historic railway bridges in Darlington, Co Durham, are due to be refurbished and restored to their former glory – and colour schemes.
As part of a £60,000 project, Network Rail is working in partnership with Darlington Borough Council to restore and repaint two bridges on Yarm Road and one bridge on North Road. Network Rail workers will carry out minor repair work, whilst protecting their heritage.
The two Yarm Road bridges will be repainted in their original green colour and the crests on them restored to their former glory. A decision is due to be made soon on what colour to repaint the Grade II listed bridge on North Road.
Network Rail route director Paul Rutter said: “This investment will brighten up Darlington, with the upcoming work on these three bridges improving the appearance of key gateways into the town for the benefit of both the local community and visitors to the area.
“We work hard to maintain bridges across our network. This work will make sure the appearance of key structures in Darlington is better, and that it reflects the historic place the town has on our railways.”
The work is scheduled to commence later this year and to take two weeks.
Peter Gibson, Member of Parliament for Darlington, said: “Due to the impending investment in our railway station, it is important that those visiting Darlington are greeted with an aesthetically pleasing route into our town.
“Network Rail has been extremely responsive in ensuring the work can be done on the bridges to brighten up our town.
“This also presents the opportunity to highlight the town’s Coat of Arms on the Yarm Road bridges, which feature Locomotion No1.”