Corsham footbridge is reopened to the public

Published on : Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Network RailResidents of Corsham are a step closer to the benefits that electrification will bring after the bridge over the railway line between The Cleeve and Pound Mead reopened to the public today, Monday 8 June, on schedule.

 

The replacement of this bridge is an essential part of Network Rail’s electrification programme to enable a new fleet of longer, faster, quieter and greener electric trains to serve commuters in Wiltshire travelling on the route between Cardiff and London. The new bridge is higher, creating the additional space needed for the overhead lines which will power the new trains to run underneath.

 

The most visually striking aspect of the replacement work took place in March and as this time-lapse photographyshows, involved a 500-tonne crane lifting the new bridge over a block of flats and into position.

 

Since then the project team worked to divert utility services and connect the existing road to the new bridge.

 

Andy Haynes, Network Rail’s west of England project director, said: “We were very aware that the temporary closure of this bridge could inconvenience residents, which is why my team worked hard to complete the work in as short a timeframe as possible.

 

“I would like to thank the local community for their patience and support while we undertook the significant work needed to prepare this bridge for the electrification of the railway. Now it is complete, we are another step closer to bringing the benefits of electrification and the new electric trains to Wiltshire.”

Source:- Network Rail

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