Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Manx Electric Railway track repairs 'to cost £1.3m'

Manx Electric Railway tram crossing at Ballure Bridge Image copyright John Turton
Image caption Construction of the Manx Electric Railway began on the Isle of Man in the 1890s

"Significant" track repairs to the Manx Electric Railway (MER) will cost almost £1.3m, the Isle of Man's infrastructure minister said.

Phil Gawne MHK said the work was required at the Ballure Bridge after an inspection identified corroded sections and "ineffective" rivets.

The minister is to ask Tynwald for £1,285,000 next week to pay for the repairs this winter.

If approved, work could begin after the MER season ends on 2 November.

The 52-metre bridge above Ballure Glen, built between 1897 and 1899, carries two of the MER tracks.

Image copyright Department of Infrastructure
Image caption A number of faults were detected on the bridge during a inspection in 2010

An inspection in 2010 identified the structural repairs that the department hopes to undertake this winter.

These include replacing corroded metal sections, ineffective rivets and timber-supporting steel beams.

The whose structure will also be re-painted in a high integrity marine-standard coating.

Part of the track between the bridge and the main Laxey Road crossing will also be renewed as part of the scheme.

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