167-year-old railway bridge to be replaced

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A 167-year-old railway bridge will be fully replaced, half a century after it was last repaired.

The bridge, which carries the line between Leeds and Harrogate over Kirkstall Lane in Headingley, was built in 1848.

It previously underwent improvement work in 1896 and 1951 but now will be replaced as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan.

Reconstruction of the bridge will take place between 11.30pm on Friday, November 6 and 6am on Monday, November 9.

Nothern Rail trains will not stop at Headingley throughout the duration of the work. But a rail replacement bus service will operate from a pick-up point on Kirkstall Lane, near the medical centre.

The road will be closed to vehicles but will be open to pedestrians and emergency services.

Mark Tarry, route managing director at Network Rail, said: “This work forms part of our Railway Upgrade Plan for West Yorkshire.

“The reconstruction will be carried out over a single weekend to keep disruption to a minimum for both train passengers and our neighbours, and I would like to thank them for their patience while this essential upgrade takes place.”Rob Warnes, Northern Rail’s planning and programmes director, added: “Upgrading and maintaining important sections of infrastructure helps us provide a more reliable train service to our customers.

“The renewal of the bridge at Headingley will help us deliver better performance for our customers in Yorkshire now and in the future.”