Video – Loughor Viaduct dismantled…
Time-lapse video captures removal of vital rail link bridge.
Constructed in 1852, the Loughor viaduct is a 220 metre long, eighteen span railway structure, constructed mainly of timber, which carries a single track railway line over the Loughor Estuary between Swansea and Llanelli in South Wales.
Originally one of Brunel’s once numerous timber viaducts, the superstructure has since been entirely replaced and it has received substantial re-designs and strengthening works in subsequent years, last being refurbished in the mid 1980s.
Now, detailed site investigations and conditional surveys have determined that the viaduct has reached the end of its lifespan. Network Rail and Carillion are replacing the complete structure, including the existing piers within the current track alignment, with a new viaduct capable of supporting two tracks as part of the larger, £50 million Gowerton Re- doubling Scheme. The work is jointly funded by the Welsh Government and Network Rail.
Read more here, or view the video below:
Posted: April 8th, 2013 under General.