Work under way to strengthen Hawarden railway bridge

A £5.3m scheme to strengthen a Flintshire railway bridge is under way.

New steel plates will be fitted to Hawarden bridge, which will also be sand-blasted and repainted in a project expected to last a year.

Network Rail said the work was needed to preserve the bridge, which was built in 1887.

The bridge will be sealed while sand-blasting takes place and services will not be disrupted. A public walkway will also remain open.

Jonathan Pegg, Network Rail Wales' director for route asset management, said: "By carrying out this work, we are safeguarding the future of the railway in this area.

"Hawarden railway bridge serves thousands of passengers on the Borderlands line crossing the River Dee every day and this work will keep it going for many more years to come."

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