The UK’s Network Rail has announced plans to invest approximately £14m in the renovation of a swing bridge in Selby, North Yorkshire.
The improvements include steelwork repairs, replacing and strengthening sections of the bridge and a new coat of paint.
The investment will see the installation of replacement track across the bridge, new walkways and steps for bridge operators, as well as an upgrade on the bridge’s hydraulic system.
Network Rail route managing director Phil Verster said: "Once these improvements are complete, many parts of the bridge will not need any additional work for decades.
"It will also mean an existing speed restriction on passenger services will be lifted."
Weight restrictions will also be removed after the renovations, which will allow the freight trains to move more freely along the route.
Additionally, several train operators are working in collaboration with Network Rail to minimise the disruption caused by the improvement works at Selby and to provide customers with best possible journey options.
The train service on the bridge will be suspended, while the improvement work is in progress. Bus services will be available to customers during this period.
These renovations are scheduled to be complete by September.
Image: Selby swing bridge. Photo: courtesy of Network Rail.