Millers Dale viaduct refurbishment under way

Work commenced on August 19 to refurbish one of the two steel viaducts at Millers Dale on the Midland Railway route between Buxton and Matlock.

The work is being carried out by Amco on behalf of Historic Rail Estates of York and includes grit blasting, painting and replacement of steel components throughout the structure.

Work in progress on the refurbishment of one of the Millers Dale viaducts. BRIAN SHARPE

The work is expected to take 19 weeks, with tree roots and other vegetation also having been removed from the stone section near the former station.

The two parallel viaducts remain in place on the route, which was closed by BR in June 1968. The route is now a popular footpath and cycleway between Blackwell Mill and Haddon, although Peak Rail, which operates the section from Matlock to Rowsley, still holds long-term plans to reinstate the railway between Rowsley and Buxton.

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