Keeping Network Rail on track

Temporary haul road at the Holmes Chapel viaduct


The background

Twemlow viaduct in Holmes Chapel will be completely refurbished as part of Network Rail’s on-going railway upgrade plan. This includes the removal of water stains on the walls, repairs to brickwork and the installation of new waterproofing and drainage.

The challenge

Works to the top of the Grade II listed viaduct, which includes the railway line, needed to be carried out during an 11 day closure during February 2016, in order to cause the least amount of disruption to the public. This meant that work could be carried out in one continuous block.

The result

The railway track was removed and pre-cast concrete units were laid along with waterproofing and a brand new drainage system which will protect the brickwork for another 125 years.

Refurbishment of the brickwork, which will include repairing cracks using crack-stitching, re-casing and pointing works, will be carried out up to November 2016.


  • Reduction of wagon movements 96% 96%
  • Reduction in imported aggregate 88% 88%
  • Reduction in waste to landfill 100% 100%

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