Splott Road Bridge Reopened.(Network Rail Images)
Engineers have completed the demolition of Splott Road bridge as work to modernise the South Wales Mainline continues.
Splott Road bridge has re-opened with traffic management in place, while engineers complete the construction of the new bridge deck and reinstate the road and footpaths.
The work forms part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan for Wales, to enable Great Western Railway’s (GWR) new fleet of Intercity Express Trains to run between London and Cardiff on electricity, improving journeys for passengers.
Modernising the railway between London and Cardiff will provide more seats and better on-board facilities for passengers travelling between the two capital cities and beyond, with the new trains running between Cardiff and Swansea on diesel.
The bridge, which has been raised and strengthened as part of the project, has been demolished and rebuilt in two halves, in an innovative feat of engineering which reduced the period of full closure from an anticipated 12 months to two three-week phases.
Splott residents and businesses now have the benefit of a brand new bridge, built to withstand modern traffic flows, with wider footpaths to improve accessibility.
Steve Keighley, programme manager for Network Rail in Wales and Borders, said:
Bethan Jelfs, Customer Services Director for Arriva Trains Wales, said:
GWR Development Manager Wales, Mark Youngman said: