On 17th January 2007, Cyclone Kyrill hit the shores of the United Kingdom bringing gust of wind up to 80mph and heavy rain fall.
Unfortunately, the railway did not escape the stormy weather unscathed. The newly opened outer loop took the brunt of the damage; with the girder bridge suffering substantial damage to two of it’s five sections.
Over all, repairs took 3 weeks. Luckily, because of the way the bridge was designed, the plates that connected the sections together split, resulting in the damage to only two of the five sections.
Minor damage was also caused by the falling of a tree from the banking shortly after the bridge; however it was only a case of clearing the line and replacing any damaged sections of track.