Railway bridge re-opens after refurbishment

By Jim Dunton - Wed 16 October 2013, 6:00 pm

Work to restore and upgrade one of London's oldest railway structures has finally been completed, Southwark Council has announced.

Abbey Street railway bridge has benefited from a £375,000 programme of refurbishment work, funded by planning-gain contributions from development in the area and a £150,000 grant from the Railway Heritage Trust.

The scheme has included the addition of improved lighting on the arch’s pedestrian pathway, a carriageway upgrade, and the installation of a feature piece of artwork showing how the structure looked in the 19th Century.

The bridge, is Grade II listed by conservation body English Heritage, was part of London’s first passenger railway line, the London and Greenwich Railway, which opened in 1836.

Councillor Barrie Hargrove, Southwark’s cabinet Member for transport, environment and recycling said the scheme had been a priority for the authority for some time.

“The Railway Heritage Trust have been instrumental in helping us bring this to completion,” he said.