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North east London bridge set to reopen

Haringey bridge  Network Rail

A road bridge over a railway line in Haringey, north east London, is set to reopen on 5 September.

The Wightman Road bridge in Haringey runs over a railway line that connects Gospel Oak to Barking. Road traffic has been kept off the bridge while the work was undertaken.

Haringey Council, Network Rail and contractor Dyer & Butler worked together on the six-month project.

The work is intended to secure the bridge for another 125 years. The Gospel Oak to Barking line is closed for rail upgrade work that will see longer and quieter trains run on the line from early 2018.

Source: Network Rail

Network Rail project manager Clive Gray explained the challenges of the reconstruction: “Lifting in the new bridge deck was the easy part. Temporarily relocating services like gas, water and telecoms so that we could demolish the old bridge was a big challenge which took time as each provider had to do this work themselves.

“Now we’re on the home straight with a new bridge that will soon keep future generations of north Londoners moving both by rail and road.”

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