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£3.5 million upgrade to 150-year-old Cynghordy Railway Viaduct finished

The viaduct carries the line between Llanelli and Craven Arms Photo: Network Rail

Remediation work on Cynghordy Railway Viaduct, a grade II listed structure on the Heart of Wales railway line, began in March last year to strengthen the structure and to reduce the long-term maintenance costs. Refurbishment work was undertaken on the pillars and arches, maintaining the original features of the 150 year-old iconic structure.

The 100ft high viaduct needed a huge amount of scaffolding to finish the works including 86,000 meters of tube and 62,010 meters of scaffold board to cover the 850ft long viaduct.

End to end, the scaffolding was 92miles long.

Credit: Network Rail

We would like to thank the local community for their support of the essential restoration work on this impressive structure.

This was a challenging but rewarding project for all involved. We understand the importance of the continued survival and service of this spectacular piece of Victorian engineering, not only to the local community but also to the wider community in Wales and that is why it forms part of the Railway Upgrade Plan.

– Richard Compton, Network Rail