£3.4 Million Investment Secured for Glenfinnan Viaduct

£3.4 Million Investment Secured for Glenfinnan Viaduct
Network Rail Scotland have secured £3.4 million to repair the iconic Glenfinnan viaduct. Photo: Connor Mollison/Unsplash.

Network Rail has announced a £3.4 million investment in the maintenance of the Glenfinnan viaduct in Inverness-shire, Scotland. Repairs on the 123-year-old stretch of track will commence later this month (April 2024).

Depicted in film and television series, including most notably in the Harry Potter franchise, the viaduct has become a well-known landmark in recent times. Interestingly, it was also one of the first structures to use concrete at such a large scale. And, stretching over 300 metres, it is the longest concrete viaduct in Scotland.

Network Rail is partnering with AmcoGiffen, principal contractor for the project, to deliver the programme of repairs. Engineers will first assess the strength of the viaduct and its general condition, before making repairs to the concrete where required. Network Rail are also hoping to address the issue of water erosion and will ensure the stability of the stone ballast that sits beneath the track.

“We are privileged to contribute to the preservation of this cherished landmark and will work closely with Network Rail to protect the heritage of the viaduct and surrounding area while repairing its structural integrity for generations to come.”

Stephen Campbell, Operations Director at AmcoGiffen
A view from the ground of Glenfinnan viaduct with multiple arches stretching across a lush green landscape with hills in the background on an overcast day.
Glenfinnan viaduct is a Category Alisted building in Scotland. Photo: Matthieu Riegler (CC-BY).

Despite the scale of the project, travellers need not worry; Network Rail have advised that there will be no disruption to rail services during the work. The viaduct's appearance will remain unchanged, too.

Network Rail will be hosting community drop-in sessions for residents and businesses in the area to ask questions and raise concerns. The work is expected to take approximately 50 weeks, given suitable weather conditions, and the funding of £3.4 million has been provided by the Scottish Government.

The project has a dedicated section on the Scotland's Railway website.

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