Wednesday 15 Nov 2017
New bridge over canal in Burnley
- London North Western
A worn-out railway bridge over a canal in Burnley was replaced last weekend (Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 November) by Network Rail engineers as part of the Great North Rail Project.
The rotten and rusted old bridge next to Burnley Barracks was craned out before a 80-tonne new one was lifted in using a 1,000-tonne crane.
Twenty-five Team Orange workers grafted round the clock to get the job done.
The task include installing a temporary pontoon across the Leeds-Liverpool Canal to catch falling debris as the old structure, approaching 100 years old, was removed.
The £1.4m job was done by Network Rail in partnership with contractors Murphy and Story.
Chris Atkins, scheme project manager, said: “This work was excellently planned and excellently delivered. Well done, everyone involved.
“Replacing this bridge is a must-do job that is essential for the continued safe running of the railway for customers in Burnley.”
Chris Wright, senior operations manager for Murphy, said: “It was down to the great planning and execution of our team that we were able to finish replacing the bridge over the canal over the weekend. It was excellent seeing many people from our engineering, commercial and procurement teams on site, gaining experience and helping the operations team any way they could. This is a fantastic example of how Murphy gets the whole team involved by sharing the same objective, and it’s a real group effort and achievement.”
Fifty metres of new bi-directional track was laid across the new bridge, which is a bi-directional, lesser-used branch line.
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.