New bridge in place at Lakenham on the GEML
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.
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.