HomeInterestHeritageEskmeals viaduct reopens after 8-day closure for track replacement

Eskmeals viaduct reopens after 8-day closure for track replacement

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER SIGN UP

Track-replacement work on the historic Eskmeals viaduct on the Cumbrian Coast line has been completed after an eight-day closure of the railway between Millom and Sellafield.

Wooden timbers and 600 metres of rail were renewed on the 18-span Eskmeals viaduct, which carries the railway over the River Esk estuary, in a £2 million investment to lift precautionary speed restrictions for trains and speed up journey times for both passenger and freight services between Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness.

Timbers and rails were replaced during an eight-day blockade of the line.

The iconic 18-span viaduct was built in 1868 and still has its original wrought iron girders, though these were strengthened in the 1920s, and its red sandstone piers, which support the structure in the estuary itself.

While improvements were made to the viaduct structure, engineers also upgraded walkways and handrails, making future maintenance work easier and safer for railway staff.

Network Rail programme director Peter Luby said: “Our teams have worked hard to ensure that this planned upgrade scheme could be completed as scheduled, providing passengers in Cumbria with faster and more reliable journeys.

“It’s not easy working day and night in the middle of a Cumbrian estuary, and staff have had to contend with more challenges from the weather and the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

“I’m really proud of the team for completing the work successfully, and look forward to welcoming back passengers in Cumbria to a more reliable railway.”

Chris Jackson, Northern.

Chris Jackson, regional director at Northern, added: “We would like to thank Network Rail for completing this upgrade to the track along the historic Eskmeals viaduct as part of the Great North Rail Project.

“This vital work will improve the reliability and speed of our services along the Cumbrian coastline between Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness.

“Our rail replacement buses have kept people on the move since the line was closed between Millom and Sellafield to carry out this work, but we’re looking forward to, once again, operating trains between these stations.”

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest news

Rail engineers strike gold in sustainability school

Multidisciplinary engineering business Dyer & Butler has earned Gold level status from the Supply Chain Sustainability School (SCSS). This is the highest level of membership...

Tunnel operation takes flight with help from a helicopter

Essential work on a tunnel in the Peak District got some help from high places. Helicopters helped airlift construction materials into position as part of...

Rail review author calls for rail fares reform

Keith Williams, co-author of the Williams-Shapps Plan For Rail white paper, has urged for fares reform – arguing there has never been a better...
- Advertisement -

More news

Iconic arrows get a dash of green ahead of environmental summit

The famous National Rail double arrow has turned several shades of green ahead of the COP26 UN climate summit, which takes place in November. The...

Digital signalling for East Coast main line tested on Thameslink

A test of the digital in-cab signalling system ECTS level 2 (European Train Control System) has been carried out successfully using a Govia Thameslink...

Potential union of unions across the Atlantic

In what is a possible world’s first, London-based transport and travel union the TSSA is in talks with America's International Brotherhood of Boilermakers on...
NEWSLETTER SIGN UP