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1997-08-15 RTK-001
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Railtrack invests in new bridges in Tower Hamlets

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Railtrack invests in new bridges in Tower Hamlets

15 August 1997
source Railtrack plc
type Press release

A £1.8 million railway bridge replacement project is underway in Tower Hamlets.

Railtrack is completely replacing bridges at Carr Street in the Limehouse area, and at the junction of Cannon Street/Cable Street, E1.

Preparation of the two sites has already started and the main part of the work will take place over the bank holiday weekend of 23/24/25 August when engineers will be operating around-the-clock to complete the work in time for the morning rush on Tuesday 26 August.

The two new bridges are being constructed from pre-stressed concrete and will replace the existing 120 year old iron bridges.

Engineers will move in at 1700 on Friday 22 August when traffic will be diverted away from Cannon Street and Carr Street. Once the last train has run they will start with the removing the railway tracks. The old bridges will be demolished and cranes will be used to lift the new bridges, in sections, into position. They will then be secured and the railway tracks, overhead power lines and signalling cables reinstated. The line will reopen in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

"The work is part of Railtrack's commitment to spend over £4 million every day for the next 10 years on the railway's infrastructure", said Railtrack director Michael Holden.

"The two bridges have had trains thundering over them for over a hundred years and are now reaching the end of their useful lives. These days our philosophy is to renew bridges in one quick hit rather than spread work out over weeks, or even months, as was often done in the past.

"The scale of the work will inevitably cause inconvenience to some people and we would like to apologise in advance to them, he said. "However, although this method of working does cause major disruption, it is over with quickly, and we find that given a choice it is what most people prefer" he added.

LTS Rail train services will be diverted into Liverpool Street whilst the work is taking place.

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