- NIAH Ref: 12404401
- Date: 1905 - 1910
- Rating: National
- Orig. Use: Viaduct
- Townland: Drumdowney Upper
- County: Kilkenny
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Criteria for Risk
- Suffering from neglect and/or poor maintenance
- Suffering from structural problems
- Condition of Structure: Fair
- Level of Risk: High
The structure does not appear to be maintained and there are obvious signs of deterioration. There are concerns that the structure could suffer further decay leading to more serious problems.
The Benjamin Baker design links the counties of Wexford and Kilkenny. It is the longest railway bridge in Ireland at 650m long. It has become at risk given its disuse to commercial rail traffic in 2010, when the Rosslare to Waterford line closed. While no new use would be proposed for the structure, a conservation management plan should be applied to it, to help preserve our rail heritage. A planning application has been approved for a greenway development which will include for maintenance of the bridge structure.
Updated July 2018: Wexford County Council has appointed Roughan & O'Donovan to undertake advance studies for a 56km greenway along the rail corridor from Rosslare to Waterford City, incorporating the Barrow Viaduct into the project.
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