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Lincoln to Spalding Rail Bridge slid into place, marking major bypass milestone

24 October 2017

The 600-tonne rail bridge deck was slid into place over the weekend during a 72-hour rail line closure.

Rail bridge deck slid into place

Rail bridge deck slid into place

As part of the work, the rail tracks were disassembled and reassembled to allow a hydraulic skidding system to push the bridge into its final position, where it will support the Lincoln to Spalding rail line.

Below are some facts and figures about the bridge:

  • All of the bridge sections, including two 107-tonne steel beams, were manufactured by Cleveland Bridge in Darlington
  • The bridge deck is 40.5m long – just under half the height of Lincoln Cathedral if stood on its end
  • The bridge was assembled using 750-tonne and 200-tonne cranes to lift each section into place 
  • The bridge deck is constructed using weathering steel, which minimises future maintenance requirements
  • A total of 106,000 hours have been spent on the rail bridge project to date, including the manufacture of the bridge deck and all of its component parts

Cllr Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways and Transport, said:

“This is a major milestone for the Lincoln Eastern Bypass, as it signifies we’re making steady progress towards building the new route.

“The bridge deck that the team slid into place this past weekend is a major engineering feat that will support the Lincoln to Spalding rail lines over the bypass route when the new road opens during winter 2019.

“Now that the bridge is in place, Network Rail will be working on providing the retaining wall that will hold the embankment in place and allow for excavation down to the level of where the bypass will run. The whole bridge is due to be complete by next April.”

Stephen Hind, route enhancements manager at Network Rail, said:

“The installation of the rail bridge deck is a significant milestone in this project and we are delighted to be involved in this exciting scheme.

“The new bridge will support the railway between Lincoln and Spalding and provide a more modern network for rail users. The project as a whole will support economic growth in the area and provide significant benefits to the people of Lincoln.”

Cllr Davies added:

“The rest of the bypass is progressing really well, with initial works underway near Greetwell Road to construct a bridge over the Market Rasen to Lincoln rail line.

“The next milestone for the project will be when we break ground and start stripping soil onsite this winter.”

Lincoln to Spalding Rail Bridge slid into place, marking major bypass milestone

The Lincoln Eastern Bypass project is part-funded by a £50m Central Government capital grant and aims to minimise traffic congestion, support Lincoln’s growth as a principal urban centre, and enhance the inter-city environment.

For the latest news on the Lincoln Eastern Bypass, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/leb.

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