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IMG_9621 - Ouse Valley Viaduct - Sussex - 02.08.03 | by Colin D Lee
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IMG_9621 - Ouse Valley Viaduct - Sussex - 02.08.03

Built in 1841, the Ouse Valley Viaduct (also called Balcombe Viaduct) over the River Ouse on the London-Brighton Railway Line north of Haywards Heath and south of Balcombe is 1,475 feet (450 m) long.

 

The viaduct is 96 feet (29 m) high and is carried on 37 semi-circular arches, each of 30 feet (9.1 m), surmounted by balustrades. Each pier contains a Jack arch with a semi-circular soffit to reduce the number of bricks required.

 

The 11 million bricks needed for its construction travelled up the Ouse River (via Newhaven and Lewes) from Holland and it cost £38,500 to build.

 

The structure is a Grade II listed building and was restored in 1996 with grants from the Railway Heritage Trust and English Heritage. Matching stone was imported from France, to ensure a close match with the existing balustrades and pavilions.

 

The viaduct is still used, with around 110 trains per day passing over it on the Brighton Main Line.

 

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Taken on August 2, 2003