New bridge in place at Lak­en­ham on the GEML

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A re­place­ment bridge was due to be slid into place at Lak­en­ham (near Nor­wich) over the Au­gust Bank Hol­i­day week­end, af­ter this is­sue of RAIL went to press.

The for­mer bridge at Long John Hill, on the out­skirts of Nor­wich, is be­ing re­placed by a new struc­ture con­structed ad­ja­cent to the Great Eastern Main Line. The GEML was

Au­gust 27 un­til the early hours of Au­gust 30 to al­low the work to take place.

When the old bridge is de­mol­ished, the new struc­ture will be lifted into place us­ing sim­i­lar self-pro­pelled mod­u­lar trans­porter ma­chines that are used to trans­port rock­ets for NASA.

The new struc­ture fea­tures a flat and re­in­forced un­der­side in­stead of an arch­way. This is de­signed to re­duce the like­li­hood of a ve­hi­cle hit­ting it. If a ve­hi­cle does strike the bridge, then its de­sign re­duces the dam­age.

The con­di­tion of the old bridge has de­te­ri­o­rated, and a tem­po­rary speed re­stric­tion has been in place since last year.

ANTONY GUPPY

The new bridge to be slid into place in Lak­en­ham stands next to the Great Eastern Main Line on Au­gust 18. It was con­structed next to the bridge it will re­place.

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