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Brunel's Royal Albert Bridge to get 10m makeover

Royal Albert Bridge
The Royal Albert Bridge is a Grade I listed structure

The Royal Albert Bridge, joining Cornwall to Plymouth, is to be refurbished at a cost of £10m.

Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel's bridge across the River Tamar was 150 years old in 2009.

Corroded parts of the railway bridge will be repaired and the structure will be painted in goose grey. Its original colour was off-white.

Network Rail hopes the work, which will take about three years, will start by the end of the year.

The Grade I listed bridge has carried an estimated billion tonnes of rail traffic since it opened in 1859.

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