Nichola Smith, Network Rail’s project manager explained: “We are rebuilding the bridge to make sure it meets the latest regulations regarding the weight of traffic over it. If we don’t rebuild it, the local authority will have to put a weight restriction on it, and this could affect large vehicles such as those used by the emergency services.”
Two of the bridge arches are being strengthened by filling them in, while the third is being replaced with a new structure using pre-cast concrete beams.
Work started today (17 October 2011) on the £1.3m project with the construction of a temporary bridge over the railway that will be used to carry services such as electricity and telephone cables once they have been removed from underneath the road surface.
The temporary bridge will also be used by pedestrians to cross the road and will be fully accessible for anyone in a wheelchair or pushing a buggy or bicycle.
Work will continue until the end of January and throughout this time the road will be closed and a signed diversion put in place.
The main part of the project will be over the last weekend in November and the first in December, when a crane will be used to lift out the old bridge and lower the new one into position.
Also in Europe today, City.Mobi is celebrating the success of its new guide to London.
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London.mobi is the latest in this illustrious line up, offering click to call functionality – which means no scribbling down telephone numbers.
Most entries are also linked to websites where users can quickly access more detailed information if needed.
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