Work begins on mineral line bridge at Watchet
|Published: 17th November 2010 08:04|
The erection of scaffolding and other preparatory work is in progress for the West Somerset Railway's main civil engineering project over the winter months, the repairs to the bridge which carries the WSR over the trackbed of the former West Somerset Mineral Railway to the west of Watchet station.
West Somerset Railway General Manager Paul Conibeare explained. "The bridge has been carrying trains since the railway was extended from Watchet to Minehead in 1874 and sees heavier trains today than at any time in its history, following our general upgrading of structures in the 1980's and 90's.
"However remedial work is necessary if it is to continue to do its job for the decades to come. We are conscious of the need to keep noise and dust to a minimum and volunteers from the Railway have already informed our neighbours near to the bridge of the planned works. We will not be interrupting our planned passenger train services and trains for the Dunster by Candlelight evenings, which are the next scheduled passenger trains to use the bridge will operate as planned on December 3rd and 4th."