THE Rogiet Road bridge at Severn Tunnel Junction reopened to motorists this week as work continues to prepare the railway between London and Cardiff for brand new bi-modal Intercity Express Trains.

Since 2015, Network Rail has carried out essential upgrade work to nine bridges in Monmouthshire to raise the structures, which will give clearance for the new equipment to support the new trains.

The bridge was closed in December 2016 for demolition to allow the bridge to be completely reconstructed.

The new bridge at Rogiet Road, which will have a lifespan of around 120 years, is the last bridge in the county to re-open following upgrade work.

It can now accommodate heavier vehicles, is fit for modern day traffic, has a new footpath for pedestrians and improved road alignment for better accessibility.

Andy Thomas, route managing director for Network Rail Wales, said: “Our railway plays a vital role in connecting people, businesses and communities, as well as supporting economic growth.

“The work we have completed to bridges in Monmouthshire will help to accommodate the equipment needed to improve the passenger experience.

“We would like to thank the local community for their patience.”

The new Intercity Express Trains, capable of running on both diesel and electric power, will operate between London and Swansea from this autumn.