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Selby swing bridge reopens after £8m refurbishment

Selby swing bridge Image copyright Network Rail
Image caption Selby swing bridge was built in 1889 across the River Ouse

An ageing railway swing bridge that closed for an £8m refurbishment, leading to train diversions in North and East Yorkshire, has reopened.

Built in 1889, Selby bridge closed on 26 July for repairs to its steelwork, hydraulics, beams and paint work.

Buses replaced trains between Selby and Hull and trains between Hull and London were diverted through Goole.

Network Rail said the bridge would not need any further work for at least another 20 years.

A spokesperson said improvements to the bridge would "mean less disruption in the future for our customers".

Mark Tarry, area director for Network Rail, said: "This is the most significant improvement made to the bridge since it was built in 1889.

"Our engineers have worked around the clock to complete this work in the shortest possible timeframe and we thank passengers and local residents for their patience while it was carried out."

Image copyright Network Rail
Image caption The whole structure has been grit-blasted and repainted

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