The original timber viaduct was damaged beyond repair over the Christmas period last year from strong winds and tidal currents. This left the railway track riddled with sinkholes and deemed unsafe for transport.
Incorporating designs from Tony Gee, Network Rail have sanctioned the £44.5m project in collaboration with Costain to re-establish the railway line linking Dover Priory to Folkestone Central.
This will be achieved by preliminary work to protect the structure and surrounding cliffs, to which construction of a 235m long viaduct designed to last for the next 120 years will get underway.
Additional work will be done to protect the viaduct from elemental hazards, with rock armour being erected to preserve the railway line further.
Speaking on the announcement of the project, Network Rail’s South Eastern Managing Director Alasdair Coates said ‘As with all projects of this scale, and this kind of exposed location, we will face challenges with the weather and the ground we are working on, but I am confident that this is the right plan, and one that will give us a strong railway, years into the future.’
With locals resorting to alternative travel routes, Dover and Deal MP Charlie Elphicke released a statement outlining ‘I will do all I can to see the project keeps to the timetable and we get our rail services back on track as soon as we can.’
Created in-house by the team at Tony Gee, Network Rail have released a fly through video of how the railway line will run when work is completed: