Helping Network Rail and their contractor replace a bridge nearing the end of its life
Three rail tracks are carried across Rodbourne Road rail bridge and run right next to the historic Swindon Railway Works. As the bridge neared the end of its life, Network Rail’s contractor commissioned our team to provide the detailed design of the essential new Up Reception bridge deck and the supporting cill beams that would keep one of the tracks operational. We were also responsible for the design of an abutment anchorage system and for the design of a new reinforced concrete robust kerb.
Although the design was based on the standard Network Rail design for a Z type deck, our team varied the design to include weathering steel. This meant the main girders on the replacement bridge, a fabricated steel half-through deck of deep steel main girders with a filler beam floor (steel cross girders and reinforced concrete infill), had increased resistance to corrosion, reducing the need for disruptive maintenance.
Stantec’s excellent understanding of railway works and the Network Rail system, together with close site support, meant the team were able to help the client complete all works on time, avoiding prolonged disruption to surrounding transport systems.
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