PFM 21 2 Mar 2018 - Page 18



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Refurbishment Begins of Major London
Underground Viaduct
L
anes Rail has begun a programme of works to refurbish a
major viaduct on London Underground's Piccadilly Line.
Brick laying teams are repointing and
replacing brickwork on the structure between South Harrow and Rayners Lane
Tube stations in West London.
The viaduct, one of the longest on the
Tube network, opened on 1st March
1910. It was constructed to extend the
line across the Roxeth Marshes, which
were drained and built over in the 1930s.
London Underground has commissioned Lanes Rail Division, part of
Lanes Group plc, to repair a 204-metre
section of the viaduct, encompassing 17
arches, as part of a phased maintenance programme.
A key objective has been to plan the
refurbishment work so it does not inconvenience owners of businesses and
shops located in the viaduct arches, and
their many customers.
Lanes Rail Project Manager Steve
Demwell said: "This particular stretch of
the viaduct is the centre of a thriving
commercial community and is a thoroughfare for thousands of commuters
using South Harrow Station.
"We are working closely with businesses along the viaduct, in partnership with
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London Underground colleagues, to
minimise the impact of our work, while
maintaining a safe environment for all."
The viaduct has been enclosed in scaffolding to provide a platform for Lanes
Rail's bricklayers to work, safely contain
all repair activities, and allow train services to continue to run just feet away.
Its brickwork is being extensively renewed. Degraded mortar is being removed and the bricks repointed. Loose
brickwork is being reset and, where
necessary, replaced. Vegetation is also
being removed.
Steve Demwell said: "Our bricklayers
are highly skilled and dedicated, and we
ensure the repair work is of the same
high standards set when the viaduct
was first built more than 100 years ago.
"That means, when the South Harrow
rail viaduct refurbishment programme is
completed, the structure will not only be
fit for purpose for decades to come, it
will also look impressive and in keeping
as well."
It is the latest major rail structure repair
project carried out by Lanes Rail. Its
teams have also refurbished a viaduct
further south on the District Line at Alperton, and have painted a bridge on the
Jubilee Line in Kilburn, West London.
Lanes Group:
www.lanesfordrains.co.uk
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