Wensleydale Railway general manager Nigel Park waves the flag for his new bridge.

Wensleydale Railway general manager Nigel Park waves the flag for his new bridge.

The expansion plans of a historic railway in the north of England have moved a step closer thanks to PTS Demolition & Dismantling.

Wensleydale Railway in Yorkshire has taken delivery of Fort Bridge, which previously stretched over the A1 near to Catterick Racecourse.

The bridge was removed as part of a major civil engineering project being undertaken by a Carillion Morgan Sindall joint venture to upgrade a stretch of the major road for Highways England.

PTS Demolition & Dismantling, based in north east England, successfully removed the bridge, during the first phase of a complex demolition project to support the upgrade. The bridge has now been bought by the railway.

Fort Bridge will allow Wensleydale Railway to replace a bridge at Redmire, which was removed after suffering damage in 1990, and move towards linking the line to the station at Aysgarth Falls.

Nigel Park, general manager of the railway, said: “We are very pleased when businesses both local and regional help the railway as PTS Demolition and Dismantling have done with the Fort Bridge.

“To be able to reuse such an asset to further the railway’s expansion plans is excellent news.”

Dave Gauja, managing director of PTS Demolition & Dismantling, said: “With the safe removal and recycling of Fort Bridge, this will go a long way to helping improve infrastructure in the region and boosting regional economies following the completion of the upgrade work on the A1.

“We are delighted to have supported Wensleydale Railway with the successful removal of Fort Bridge and assist with its ambitious expansion plans.”

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