Network Rail has completed the first phase of refurbishing Caerleon Road railway bridge in Newport as part of its Railway Upgrade Plan.

The single lane road traffic management system on the B4596 Caerleon Road has been removed following completion of the work on Sunday 25 November.

Engineers have carried out essential work to the first half of the 113-year-old railway underbridge including steelwork and brickwork repairs to strengthen the bridge, plus deep cleaning and painting.

Lee Ackerman, project manager for Network Rail in Wales and Borders, said: “We are delighted to have completed the first phase of this essential work to restore the bridge and thank the local community for their patience. We will continue to work closely with Newport City Council to minimise disruption to the local community and road users when we begin the second phase of the work in the New Year.”

The second phase of the refurbishment work will commence on 4 January 2019 and is due to be completed by Spring 2019. During this time, engineers will refurbish the second half of the bridge and a single lane road traffic management system will be operation.  Access for pedestrians and cyclists will remain open.