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  • Writer's pictureRegenerating Dudley

Historic Parkhead Viaduct restoration nears completion

The multi-million pound restoration of Dudley’s historic Parkhead Viaduct is nearing completion, with the final scaffolding due to be removed in the coming days.

This major project, delivered by the Midland Metro Alliance (MMA) on behalf of Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), marks a significant milestone for the second phase of the Wednesbury to Brierley Hill Metro extension, as it is the first permanent structure delivered for the next part of the light rail scheme.

Originally constructed in the 1880s, Parkhead Viaduct is a vital piece of Dudley’s railway heritage. Designed by the renowned engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the viaduct played a crucial role in connecting the town to the wider railway network but fell into disuse after heavy rail services were halted on this line in the middle of the last century.

This innovative restoration project has not only preserved the viaduct’s historic character but also strengthened it from within mitigating any requirement to change the much-loved structure’s external appearance. By employing cutting-edge techniques, designers and construction professionals at the MMA have ensured the structure can seamlessly integrate with the modern demands of a tram system, guaranteeing its use for generations to come.

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