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Work restarts at Bennerley Viaduct following lockdown

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Good news for World Monuments Watch site

We are delighted to report that following a temporary pause due to the Covid-19 crisis, work has restarted at Bennerley Viaduct. The viaduct was included on World Monuments 2020 Watch and following some successful fundraising by The Friends group and site owners’ Railway Paths, work started in early 2020 on repairs to the structure and the infrastructure for public access.

Repairs to the pier bases

Repairs to the pier bases

Bennerley Viaduct

Bennerely Viaduct

When the contractors arrived on site in early March to carry out critical repairs, they established the site compound, installed safety fencing, signage and scaffolding were erected and the temporary access road to the eastern abutment was started. The long-awaited work had commenced following years of planning, fundraising and community input.

A phased process

Contractors are now on site

Contractors are now on site

Almost as soon as the work started, it had to be temporarily halted due to the pandemic, but at the end of May 2020 a phased restart has begun earnest.  Contractors are adhering to social distancing rules and government advice is being continually monitored. They have started working on repairs to the ironwork, brick piers and abutments.

We believe that Bennerley is the first of WMF Britain’s sites in the UK to reopen following the Corona Virus pandemic and we will remain in close contact with the team to review progress.

Following the site closure, work is now underway again

Following the site closure, work is now underway again