14 December 2022
Railway and footbridge across Grade II listed bridge reopened, as Network Rail prepares for final metallic upgrades in 2023.
Network Rail and contractors Alun Griffiths have carried out essential upgrades to Barmouth Viaduct in 2022, forming part of the structures biggest and most ambitious refurbishment, ever.
During two four-week closures this autumn and winter, teams worked day and night to strengthen and replace timber beams, foundation support structures (piles), and the metallic straps that help hold the viaduct together.
The closure of the railway allowed Network Rail to upgrade a kilometre of track through the nearby Tywyn station, too. Barmouth Station’s canopy was also refurbished. The work was scheduled to take place outside of the peak summer tourist season to minimise disruption to the local community, with the viaduct reopening during October half term.
Engineers work from pontoons beneath the structure of Barmouth Viaduct. DOM VACHER
The viaduct has reopened with a normal train service so local communities and tourists can enjoy the spectacular wooden structure and its surrounding natural beauty this festive period.
Nick Millington, interim route director at Network Rail Wales and Borders, said: "We’d like to thank the local community for bearing with us this autumn and winter as we carried out the latest stage of this essential restoration project.
“We’ll be returning in 2023 to replace the metallic elements of the bridge, which will secure the future of this important rail link for many years to come.”