With the easing of the COVID-19 lockdown work on the Bennerley Viaduct resumed on May 18th. Ackroyds, the contractor for the repairs to the ironwork, brick piers and abutments, withdrew from the site after only a couple of weeks in March because of disruptions to their supply chain. The contractors are now back at work. They have installed an access road to the eastern abutment, started repairs to some of the pier bases and salvaged a lot of the capping stones for the parapet walls. Our thanks go to all the funders who are making this restoration possible.
A reminder to locals and visitors: the viaduct itself and other parts of the site may be fenced off in the interests of the health and safety of workers and the members of the public. Rights of way such as the footpath from the Erewash Canal over the railway line passing under the viaduct to Newton’s Lane and the bridleway at the eastern end are unaffected.