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1997-03-13 RTK-004
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Railtrack invests in new bridges for Southend Victoria Line

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Railtrack invests in new bridges for Southend Victoria Line

13 March 1997
source Railtrack plc
type Press release

A [[?]] million bridge project is underway on the Shenfield to Southend Victoria railway line.

Railtrack is renewing bridges at Church Lane in Ramsden Bellhouse and Hambro Hill in Rayleigh, and making major repairs to bridges at Ironwell Lane, Rochford, and Castleton Road, Wickford.

Initial work to prepare the site has already started and the main part of the work will take place over the weekend of 22/23 March when engineers will be working around-the-clock to complete the work in time for the morning rush on Monday 24 March.

The two new bridges are being constructed from reinforced concrete and will replace the existing 100 year old steel bridges.

Engineers will move in once the railway and roads are closed late Friday evening and will begin by taking up the railway tracks. The old bridges will be demolished and the new ones wheeled into place using special multi-wheeled computer-controlled vehicles. Cranes will be used to lift the bridges into position where they will be secured. Railway tracks and cables will then be reinstated and the line reopened in the early hours of Monday morning.

Less work needs to be carried out at the other two locations. Steelwork repairs and a repaint will be done at Ironwell Lane bridge, whilst repairs to brickwork will be carried out at Castleton Road bridge.

"The work is part of Railtrack's commitment to spend over ?million every day for the next ten years on the railway's infrastructure", said Railtrack director Michael Holden.

"Inevitably the work will cause inconvenience to some people and we would like to apologise in advance to them," he said.

"Church Lane and Hambro Hill bridges are reaching the end of their useful lives. They are both prone to being hit by high-sided vehicles and every time this happens trains are held up whilst they are inspected for damage. This is always a very time consuming process and regrettably passengers have experienced some long delays in the past.

"One of the advantages of the new bridges is their very strong construction. If either of these gets hit they will require a much less detailed inspection which will mean minimal delays for travellers.

"The other piece of good news is that we are taking advantage of the line closure to begin renewing old track between Billericay and Wickford. We will be spending over half a million pounds which will speed trains up and will provide a much smoother journey," he added.

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