Ribblehead Viaduct’s timely repairs ahead of staycation season – The Yorkshire Post says

HOW apt that one major overhaul of Yorkshire’s railways is running to time and maintenance of the Ribblehead Viaduct is complete, and scaffolding removed from the iconic 104 foot tall structure, ahead of the so-called ‘staycation’ season as the lockdown is eased.

An aerial view of engineering work on the Ribblehead Viaduct.

The culmination of a 18-month project by Network Rail to repair the 24 arches on the viaduct that is part of the famous Settle to Carlisle line, even the safe dismantling of the temporary towers used by workmen has been a feat worthy of the wider reopening of the retail, tourism and hospitality sectors.

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And the chance to witness Ribblehead in its full glory is another signal that Covid’s clouds of despair are lifting in God’s Own County as families venture out following a vaccine rollout which is operating far more smoothly than the trains in normal times – all that we ask is for people to respect social distancing rules and, in the wake of recent controversies, take their litter home.

This was Ribblehead Viaduct during its most recent renovation work.
The atmospheric scene at Ribblehead Viaduct yesterday as scaffolding was dismantled. Photo: Tony Johnson.