Network Rail will start major work on the historic Wellington Street Rail Bridge in Gateshead this month

Network Rail will begin major work to repair and reinforce the Wellington Street Rail Bridge next week.

On Monday, January 24, work on the project will begin to ensure the historic Gateshead Bridge remains fit for years to come.

The work will see the bridge, which was built in 1902, reinforced and repairs to the steelwork carried out. A section of the bridge will also be painted, which will help improve the appearance of the structure.

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The £3.2million project is essential to sustaining the bridge and ensuring trains can continue to run reliably and safely.

The project is being delivered in two stages to minimize disruption to motorists and area residents.

The first stage will take place between January and late spring and will see the road under the west span closed. After that, crews will change location, with the East Span closed until the end of the project in October 2022. During this time, traffic signal phases will be adjusted to ensure the safety of road users and the traffic flow.

Sarah Reid, Network Rail‘s East Coast Route Manager, said: “This is a really important project which will ensure that trains can continue to run reliably.

“The project will help minimize future disruption to passengers and allow people to continue to enjoy strong rail connections and connections to towns and cities across the country.

“We know that this work will have an impact on motorists and we are very sorry. We have done everything we can to reduce this impact and will continue to work closely with Gateshead Council on this project.

All traffic approaching the Wellington Street Bridge from the west along Askew Road will be required to use a single lane for the duration of the work. However, all existing traffic movements at the junction will still be possible.

The existing bus lane on Askew Road between Wellington Street and A167 High Street will continue to operate as normal. There will also be a lane closure on West Central Road northbound.

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