New deck installed during week-long blockade
Network Rail has completed work to install a new deck on the Scarborough Rail Bridge in York.
The bridge, which carries the Scarborough branch over the River Ouse, was built in 1845 and then rebuilt in 1875 but had become life expired. Network Rail removed the old deck and lifted a new one into place using a 500 tonne crane.
Between 14 and 22 February, no trains ran between York and Scarborough while the work was carried out. Replacement coaches were provided.
During the blockade, NR also carried out a range of other improvements on the branch, including track enhancement at Haxby level crossing, track renewals at Malton and improvement work on Platforms 2 and 4 at York station. Vegetation clearance also took place along the route to improve driver visibility.
Network Rail says the bridge should not need any major work for another 120 years and will be capable of carrying heavy steam services using the branch.