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Video | Rebuilding of Wapley footbridge

Reconstruction of Wapley footbridge

Network Rail has released a time-lapse video showing the rebuilding of Wapley footbridge in South Gloucestershire.

The footbridge has reopened to the public this week, after work to prepare it for the electrification of the railway was completed.

The reconstruction of this bridge is part of Network Rail’s electrification programme to enable a new fleet of longer, faster, quieter and greener electric trains to serve commuters in Gloucestershire travelling on the route between Cardiff and London.

The rebuilt bridge is higher, creating the additional space needed for the overhead lines which will power the new trains to run underneath.

Network Rail project director Andrew Haynes said: “Significant work was required to prepare this bridge for the electrification of the railway and I would like to thank the local community for their patience while it was taking place.

“Now this work is complete, residents are a step closer to the benefits that electrification and the new electric trains will bring.”

The bridge replacement is part of an electrification programme that will improve 370km of one of Britain’s busiest and oldest railways, reduce journey times, and make services quieter for passengers and people living close to the railway line.

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