Stanway Viaduct project shortlisted for ‘Historic bridge project of the year’ award

Alex Farran
April 11, 2024

• Viaduct engineering project shortlisted in the NCE Bridges Awards 2024 • All works were completed by 7th March 2024 • Regular railway services officially returned to Broadway on Good Friday

The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway’s (GWSR) Stanway Viaduct engineering project has been shortlisted in the ‘Historic bridge project of the year’ category for the New Civil Engineer (NCE) Bridges Awards 2024. The awards ceremony is due to take place on Thursday 18th July in London. Phase 1 of work on the railway’s most iconic and significant structure, which commenced on the 6th November last year, was completed in time for the Easter weekend. The engineering project was carried out by a team consisting of David Symonds Associates, Walsh Construction, Lampitt Rail Services, and staff and volunteers from the railway.

Dr Graham Plant, GWSR Civil Engineering Director, commented: “I am delighted that we have been shortlisted for this award for a project that had to cope with a major unexpected change during its implementation and was successfully completed by a collaborative effort”.

“I would like to take this opportunity of thanking all Railway staff and volunteers, and our suppliers, who were engaged in this endeavour especially having to cope with the unexpected substantial additional work to stabilise the parapets. The restored viaduct and track look superb, and the works allowed us to reduce the weight on the viaduct structure by around 90 tonnes which was an added bonus.”

Photo: GWR 'Modified Hall' Locomotive No. 7903' Foremarke Hall' crossing Stanway Viaduct (Picture by Jack Boskett).