The UK’s Network Rail has completed a £3.7m upgrade project on the Wakefield railway bridge in Crofton, which was built more than 140 years ago.

Carrying the Knottingley to Leeds line, the old bridge has been replaced by a newer version to ensure safe and reliable passenger and freight services.

The teams executed vital work on-site over the last four months.

Major work was implemented during the Christmas period, when no trains were operating on the line.

The new 635t bridge was mounted from underneath and installed at a slight elevation.

The project was planned during the last two years by Network Rail, which ensured that the work is executed without disrupting train services.

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Network Rail North and East route director Matt Rice said: “It’s great to see this major project to upgrade the railway bridge in Crofton complete, so it can continue to be used safely and reliably for future generations. The line that the bridge carries, as well as Doncaster Road, which runs underneath it, are vital links for people in Wakefield to connect to other towns and cities across the region. We want to thank residents and businesses in Crofton for their patience whilst this essential work was carried out.”

Last month, Network Rail presented its plans to Teignbridge District Council to install a 209m-long rockfall shelter at Parsons Tunnel North along the railway line between Holcombe and Dawlish.

The extension of the existing rockfall shelter will protect trains against falling rocks along this rail section.

Network Rail stated that the construction work is expected to begin in August if the proposals are approved, subject to funding confirmation from the government.

The work is expected to be finished in 12 months.