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08:02 Tuesday 13 August 2013  Written by Francis Batt

Bourne End railway bridge work 'finished by winter'

Painting work on Bourne End bridge is about to enter its third and final stage.

A spokesman for Network Rail which owns the bridge confirmed this week that it was hoped it would be completed by the winter.

Work began on the £1m revamp back in the spring. The bridge passes over the River Thames, running from the village to Cookham while carrying the Marlow branch line train service and providing a crossing point for walkers using the Thames Path.

The steel bridge needed minor structural changes as well as a new coat of protective paint.

A complex structure of scaffolding was suspended downwards from the bridge rather than up from the riverbed.

Equipment needed for the work and all discarded material are carried to and from the site via barge.

The bridge was first constructed in 1854 out of wood by Isambard Kingdom Brunel before being demolished and rebuilt out of steel in 1895.

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