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BRIDGE REPAIRS

Timber bearings under the 2.4m deep wrought iron approach span girders on Brunel's Royal Albert Bridge over the Tamar have been replaced by Dean & Dyball under a £500,000 maintenance and repair contract. Built in 1859, the rail bridge has two 132m main spans with a 225m long approach viaduct on the Cornwall side and a 132m long counterpart on the Devon shore. Dean & Dyball is also tightening the flat plate upper diagonal bracing members, installing internal lighting and fixing anti-bird netting to all openings. Structural engineer is Hyder Special Structures, and work is due to be completed in May.

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