Refurbishment of Bridge over Menai Strait begins

Engineering contractor AmcoGiffen is to start work this week on a refurbishment of the Britannia Bridge over the Menai Strait.

AmcoGiffen’s work for Network Rail will focus on the three land towers of the Victorian structure.

Britannia Bridge was designed and built by Robert Stephenson in 1850, making it the second crossing connecting the island of Anglesey with the Welsh mainland, after Thomas Telford’s original Menai Bridge.

Scaffolding will be erected up the sides of the towers from the rail deck level in order to minimise disruption to traffic on the road. There will also be no impact to rail services.

The next stage will see 36 support beams, made from fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP), hoisted into position under the 24 stone lintels at the top of the three towers.

Kevin Collins, Network Rail project director, said: “This bridge is not only a critical transport link but also a famous part of the north Wales’ heritage and its landscape.

These important works will help to keep it looking its best and also do its job for generations to come.

job for generations to come.