River Wriggle bridge to be replaced at Yetminster

Bridge over the River Wriggle at Yetminster, on the Heart of Wessex line.

Yetminster in Somerset, home to the English folk music group The Yetties (The Yetties of Yetminster was their 10th album, released in 1975), will hit the headlines again this spring as Network Rail replaces the 129-year-old bridge that crosses the River Wriggle.

This is part of a range of upgrades to the line between Castle Cary and Weymouth that is being carried out over a series of weekends between January and April. Engineers will strengthen tunnels, bridges and refurbish and renew track on the Heart of Wessex line, which links Weymouth and Bristol.

Aerial view of the Wriggle river bridge.

While the bridge is replaced, the line will be closed between Yeovil Pen Mill and Weymouth from Saturday 15 February to Friday 21 February 2020, with buses replacing trains for the week.

There will also be further closures over four weekends to complete the other upgrades to the line.

With the new bridge deck installed, a long-standing speed restriction will be removed to provide faster journey-times between Somerset and Dorset, whilst reducing maintenance requirements in the future.

Mark Killick, Network Rail.

Mark Killick, Network Rail Wessex route director, said: “There is never a good time to close an important line for the area’s communities, and we are sorry for the inconvenience the closures will cause.

“This significant piece of work to the bridge will be much easier to maintain and together with a reinforced tunnel and new and refurbished track, there will be a much more reliable railway and better journeys for our passengers.”

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