Net­work Rail ‘should fix bridge hit by lorry’

Bangor Mail - - News -

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.”

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