The UK’s Network Rail is set to extend the £25m upgrade restoration of the Grade II listed Barmouth Viaduct by 48 hours to accelerate works during the firebreak lockdown.

With the extension of the restoration of Barmouth Viaduct, a vital transport link for North West Wales, the company will be able to carry out more work while passenger numbers are lower due to the lockdown.

Protecting the bridge for generations, the work has been planned carefully and will run for more than three years.

Network Rail has agreed with Transport for Wales that the works will continue for another two days to allow restoration work to progress on the timber spans.

During the works, the railway and the footbridge will remain closed.

Network Rail Wales and Borders route delivery director Kevin Collins said: “The decision to continue work for another 48 hours means that replacement transport will continue to be provided by Transport for Wales until Wednesday morning (4 November).

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“We know some pupils returning to school will be affected by this extension, so we are supporting Transport for Wales who are working closely with the relevant schools and the local authority.”

Constructed in 1864, the 2,690ft-long viaduct is more than 150 years old and currently in poor condition and many of its timber elements have significantly decayed over time. A major portion of the metallic elements has also corroded.

Network Rail plans to replace the components of the viaduct on a ‘like-for-like’ basis to maintain its appearance.

During the closure between Pwllheli and Machynlleth stations, as well as all stations in between, Transport for Wales is providing rail replacement services.