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New Mills footbridge refurbished

Refurbishment of a historic railway footbridge has been completed at New Mills Newtown station in the Derbyshire Peak District.

The stairs and overbridge were strengthened and the 157-year-old steel structure has been grit blasted and fully repainted. The Grade-II listed Victorian footbridge was originally built in 1863, six years after the station opened. New Mills Newtown is on the route between Manchester and Buxton.

Platform view of New Mills Newtown footbridge during restoration work. Copyright © 2020 Network Rail

Regular maintenance has kept the railway crossing in good condition over the years, but this latest £340,000 investment will secure its future. No trains were affected while the work took place.

Ian Cockle, Network Rail’s project manager, said: “I’m very grateful to passengers for their patience whilst we improved the footbridge at New Mills Newton station.

“The 19th century footbridge is a key historic feature of the station. Our restoration work as part of the Great North Rail Project will ensure it remains safe and reliable for decades to come.”

Chris Jackson, regional director for Northern, said: “It’s fantastic to see the footbridge restored to such a high standard. Our colleagues at Network Rail have done a great job and I’m sure our customers will enjoy the benefits for many years.”

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com

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Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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