Engineering November, 2018
17th November 2018
Re-opening at 8.00 a.m. on Saturday 17th November Following Engineering.
Bridgnorth Cliff Railway will be re-opening bang on schedule at 8.00 a.m. on Saturday 17th November after five days' engineering.
We thank our engineering contractors Stepnells, formerly George Law Limited, for delivering this project precisely on time. The cliff railway's deep cutting was excavated by George Law of Kidderminster, who also laid its original track in 1892. George Law, now part of Stepnells, is now better known for other civil engineering works. However, back in 1892 George Law was a well-known tramway contractor based in Kidderminster. The company built several tramways throughout the West Midlands. After more than 126 years, we welcome George Law back to Bridgnorth Cliff Railway to undertake further works for us.
As part of our process of monitoring the condition of the cliff railway, we commission a number of reports. A structutal engineer's report was commissioned to advise on the condition of some old components at the top of the cliff railway's track and to provide a method for replacing, updating and improving. We had to identify a time for undertaking the works when it would be least disruptive to our passengers whilst providing a frost-free period for the casting of concrete.
The new concrete and ironwork will last for many decades to come and are an improvement upon the original. Other improvements will be scheduled in the not too distant future.
Although the contractors will be off site by Friday lunchtime and the cliff railway will be fully functional after rigorous testing, we intend to keep it closed for the remainder of Friday so that our staff may continue decorating the stations. Further decorative works will continue at the Bottom Station after we have resumed service.
We trust that our passengers approve of the improvemments, both technical and visual.
Remember: It's Quicker, Cleaner and Greener by Cliff Railway!