Andrew Road, Cogan has been partially closed to traffic today to allow a railway bridge safety-inspection to be carried out.
It’s still possible to drive to – and park at – Penarth Leisure Centre and Cogan Station – but the remainder of the road is closed to vehicles – although it is still open to pedestrians.
Contractors working for Network Rail are carrying out a periodic routine inspection of the Victorian railway bridge.
The bridge is 140 years old and carries two rail tracks which cross over Andrew Road diagonally – and therefore require a much wider bridge structure than would otherwise be the case .
Most – perhaps all – of the bridge’s iron girders are the original ones. Apart from the two outer girders, the remainder of the girders spanning the road are encased in a series of vaulted Victorian brick arches and can’t be easily checked.
The only way of testing the safety of the structure is to remove several sample bricks at set points so as to examine the iron which lies within the brickwork .
The work is expected to take the remainder of the day