The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded the Severn Valley Railway a grant for the restoration of Kidderminster's Falling Sands viaduct.
The grant of £72,000 will help develop plans to restore the viaduct, which was built in 1877. The viaduct needs urgent attention as bricks have started to erode from water damage.
The repairs of the structure are estimated to cost at least £1million and the project is vital for the heritage railway. There is already a 20mph speed limit on trains crossing the viaduct, which links Kidderminster station to the rest of the Severn Valley line. Staff at the railway fear that the damage will worsen if nothing is done. Kidderminster station houses the railway’s fleet of locomotives and the team there predict that the station’s future could be compromised if the viaduct continues to fall into disrepair.
The Severn Valley team hope to apply for a full grant of £1million in September this year.
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