Newton Cap Viaduct


Newton Cap ViaductNewton Cap Viaduct was built in 1857 to carry the Bishop Auckland to Durham City railway across the River Wear and Newton Cap Bank, which leads down to the river. The viaduct is constructed in stone and brick, it is 828ft long with 11 arches, with an elevation of 100ft above the river. The railway line was formally opened on the 1st April 1857 by a special train drawn by one of George Stephenson’s patent engines (No.55).[1] The viaduct fell into disuse when the railway closed in 1968. In 1972 Durham County Council converted the viaduct for use as a footpath. However, to relieve road traffic congestion on the single lane medieval Newton Cap Bridge at Bishop Auckland, work began to strengthen the viaduct and convert it for road use; this was completed in July 1995 and the busy A689 road was rerouted over the viaduct. The viaduct is Grade 2 Listed.
The Newton Cap Viaduct carries the A689 road over the River Wear.

The 11 arched Newton Cap Viaduct viewed from the older Newton Cap Bridge.

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From bridge to viaduct

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Newton Cap Viaduct

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The Newton Cap Railway Viaduct Conversion
- Leaflet by the Charted Institution of Highways and Transportation, including history and photos. "Newton Cap Railway Viaduct is a fine example of Victorian engineering and carried the railway high over ...

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Newton Cap Viaduct, Bishop Auckland

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NEWTON CAP RAILWAY VIADUCT OVER RIVER WEAR - List Entry
- "Railway viaduct. Line begun 1854 and opened 1 April 1857 for the North Eastern Railway Company Bishop Auckland branch line. Rock-faced stone with ashlar dressings and brick-lined soffits. 11 round ...

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Newton Cap viaduct

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Newton Cap Viaduct crosses the River Wear

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The River Wear from Newton Cap Bridge Bishop Auckland

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Arches of Newton Cap Viaduct

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Newton Cap Viaduct, Bishop Auckland

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Newton Cap Viaduct : Rail to Road Conversion

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Newton Cap Bridge
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Newton Cap Bridge
- Overview Map Street View Newton Cap Bridge is a stone bridge across the River Wear at Bishop Auckland, County Durham. Reputedly it was built in the late 14th century for ...
North Eastern Railway
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North Eastern Railway
- Overview History of NER The North Eastern Railway company (NER) was incorporated in 1854. In 1923. it was absorbed into the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER), which in turn was ...

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