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Engineers from consultant Owen Williams have been testing their nerves by abseiling down Newcastle's High Level Bridge to carry out a detailed inspection of the 155 year old structure. With the bridge 34m above the high water level of the River Tyne, teams from Owen Williams Railways have used the abseil approach as well as a 50m lorry-mounted mechanically elevated platform to gain access to the two-deck Grade I listed bridge. The project is part of a 10 year deal with Network Rail to examine 10,600 structures in its London North Eastern Territory.

Work is due to be completed by mid December 2004.

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