Back to Work at Bennerley

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 temporary access road has been constructed to enable repairs of the
abutments to take place
The original capping stones have been salvaged for the rebuilding of the parapet walls
The parapet walls are being reconstructed to the original dimensions using this image taken in 1969
(from the Jim Freebury Collection)

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 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.