New Car Bridge Makes History
Posted on: 18/12/2014

Graham Construction has made the record books as it becomes the first company to successfully construct a road bridge across a railway track without stopping train services.

The car bridge was inched above 10 operational rail lines that run into London Bridge at Tennison Road, Norwood Junction, in south London. The £10m bridge, which is a replacement of one that is almost a century old, is now midway through completion and will offer a bigger and sturdier structure with footways and a carriageway.

Rory McFadden, Graham Construction project manager, said “We are delighted to have reached this major milestone on the replacement of the Tennison Road Bridge. Launching a 565-tonne bridge over 10 operational rail lines is quite a feat of engineering but the innovative methods used allowed for a controlled and safe installation.”

Shane O’Connor, Network Rail’s scheme project manager, said “A combination of technology and engineering expertise meant we could keep trains and passengers moving while the bridge was launched across the tracks… in the past the only way would have involved a complete closure of the railway, which would have caused huge disruption”, something that would have been ill-timed considering the upcoming rail closures over Christmas.

This bridge is one of hundreds of projects that have taken place over 2014 to improve the overall infrastructure of the UK. Breakthroughs such as this show the developments and progress that have been made by our engineers and the technology they use, and encourage optimism for what progress will be made in 2015.

If you are a Bridge Design Engineer looking for work, we currently have a position that might be of interest to you. We are looking for someone with experience working on rail projects to join our client on a permanent basis in the North Yorkshire area, if you think you could be suitable please call us on 02392 603030 or apply directly by clicking here .

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