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The Gallery | Primary school children build bridge in Wales

Primary school children from Newport got the chance to be engineers for a day as they learned how to construct a bridge and then walked across the structure they had built.

Staff from Network Rail and volunteers from engineering companies across South Wales were on hand to help the primary school children during the Bridge to Schools event.

Network Rail Wales asset engineer Louise Bungay said: “I love my job and it is great to show children how exciting a career in engineering can be, especially with all the engineering work coming to Newport as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan.

“By building a bridge together, the children learned about civil engineering and team work. I was really impressed with them and I think we may have seen some of the engineering stars of the future.”

The children donned high visibility jackets, hard hats, gloves and safety glasses to carry out the work.

As part of the session, Network Rail said that workers had talked to the children about railway safety, including how to use level crossings safely and the impact of electrification.

ICE Wales Cymru director Keith Jones said: “I am pleased to see the engagement with civil engineering among the pupils today. It is a great opportunity for all to learn that civil engineers plan, design and build the infrastructure of the country, and for the children to have fun building the bridge.”

The event was organised by Newport West Communities First with help from the Institution of Civil Engineers Wales Cymru, Network Rail and the National Trust.

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