Preparation work has started for a £3.2million upgrade to the railway bridge over Station Road in Cuffley, Hertfordshire.
The railway bridge carries the Hertford line, known as the Hertford Loop, and it was built in 1907. The work is needed not only because of the age of the bridge, but also because it has been struck by high sided vehicles over the years, causing structural damage.
Network Rail engineers are carrying out improvements to the brickwork, re-waterproofing the bridge and removing the old bridge deck. The new, stronger deck will then be installed from underneath. These vital improvements, which are expected to be completed in February 2021, will make sure train services can continue running reliably for years to come.
This work will have no impact on train services, although there will be some traffic restrictions on Station Road over the course of the project.
Paul Rutter, Network Rail route director for the East Coast route, said: “This work to upgrade the railway bridge near Cuffley station is vital so train services on the Hertford Loop, which connect communities into London and with the East Coast main line, can continue running reliably for future generations.
“We have carefully planned the project to keep disruption for people and businesses in Cuffley to a minimum and we’re sorry for any inconvenience the road closures cause.”
As well as carrying passenger services, part of the Hertford Loop is also used as a test track for Network Rail’s new digital signalling systems.