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North west rail services back to normal

Rail services between Chester and Rock Ferry in the north west of England have returned to normal following a week of intensive work to strengthen a viaduct on the rail route.

The railway was closed so that the Mollington Viaduct, which is between the villages of Mollington and Moston on the outskirts of Chester and spans the Shropshire Union Canal, could be strengthened.

The railway tracks, sleepers and stone foundations were taken up to expose the deck of the viaduct.

A precast concrete ‘saddle’ was then positioned to strengthen the viaduct before the entire deck was waterproofed. A new drainage system was installed and the tracks replaced.

The strengthening, which cost about £800,000, had no effect on canal traffic passing underneath the viaduct as all the work was contained within the viaduct parapets.

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