Stockport Viaduct lined up for repairs
Warning that current defects in the grade two-listed railway bridge present a safety risk, Network Rail has submitted an application to fix spalled brickwork and transverse fractures on the 183-year-old structure.
“The proposed development is considered necessary to improve and extend the safe operation of the viaduct, which in turn preserves the buildings character and use,” the rail company wrote in a planning statement.
Network Rail said that if repairs are not made to Stockport Viaduct, the defects could impact the viaduct’s load bearing capacity.
Network Rail stated in its application to Stockport Council that the repairs are necessary due to the age and natural deterioation of the arches on the viaduct. In addition to repairing brickwork, the application also requests permission to clean drainage gutters and to remove graffiti and vegetation.
The Stockport Viaduct spans the valley of the River Mersey, carrying the West Coast Main Line between Stockport station and Heaton Chapel station. The viaduct is 33 metres high and crosses over the River Mersey, M60, and many carriageways, business properties, and footpaths.
You can learn more about the proposed repairs by searching application reference number DC/090571 on the Stockport Council planning portal.