Network Rail will soon be tendering a contract covering £10 million of refurbishment works on Brunel’s Royal Albert bridge, which spans the River Tamar between Plymouth and Saltash in Cornwall.
The 151 year-old Grade 1 listed viaduct, which is used by around 30 trains each day, will be strengthened, restored and repainted over the next three years.
Corroded elements on the bridge will be repaired and redundant lower diagonal bracings, installed in the 1970s, will be removed.
The 30 coats of paint on the bridge will be blast removed and re-painted, in goose grey, with a three-coat painting system.
Network Rail is planning to start work on site by the end of the year.