Network Rail ‘should fix bridge hit by lorry’
A RAILWAY bridge that was damaged when a lorry got wedged beneath it six months ago should be reinstated, says an Assembly Member.
Anglesey AM Rhun ap Iorwerth wants the bridge at Glanhwfa Road, Llangefni to be fixed after it was removed and stored following an accident in October.
Mr ap Iorwerth wants the crossing, which carries the railway line from Gaerwen to Amlwch, restored to allow local enthusiasts to revive the closed line.
The Anglesey Central Railway have been discussing a lease for the line with Network Rail in recent months.
Mr ap Iorwerth has written to Network Rail and Welsh Government to push for the work to be carried out before any lease is signed.
He argues that Network Rail should pay to replace the missing railway bridge to avoid putting too much of a financial strain on the new leaseholders.
Mr ap Iorwerth said: “I am very supportive of reopening the line from Gaerwen to Amlwch.
“I think it would be good for tourism, a great economic link for the north of the island and Anglesey Central Railway Company are about to secure a lease to run the line. I believe that Network Rail should be paying to replace the bridge before the lease is given out, otherwise they will put too much financial strain the new leaseholders and I will be writing to Network Rail and Welsh Government to make that point.
“There are a number of things that Network Rail will do before giving the lease – paying to replace the bridge is not one of them, but I believe they should and I will push for that to happen.
“We should be protecting railways like the one we already have here for the possibility of reopening any such lines in the future and I feel there’s scope for reopening this very special line here across Anglesey.”
A Network Rail spokesman said: “Last year a lorry hit Glanhwfa bridge, which carries a disused railway line. Our engineers took the difficult decision to remove the bridge to ensure the safety of road users and pedestrians.
“We are in support of Anglesey Central Railway leasing the disused line and, should funding be made available in the future, we would be pleased to explore options for restoring the bridge.”