As part of both the Electrification Programme and the Line Speed Improvement (LSI) Project for Midland Main Line Electrification (MMLE), Finedon Station Road Bridge in Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire was one of the structures identified by Network Rail as requiring works to achieve electrification and freight clearance.
This is part of a £70m programme to cut journey times on the Midland Main Line between London and Sheffield in the UK.
The bridge was to be partially demolished to make way for a new precast concrete bridge for three new spans which was contracted to Shay Murtagh Precast, in conjunction with designers, Tony Gee & Partners.
The bridge consists of 8 no cill units with weights varying from 25 to 54 tonne, 21 no internal box beams and 6 number external box beams. The external beam incorporated a brick sandwich parapet and were supplied to site with the copings in place for speed of construction. To complete the structure 26 no brick clad approach parapet were also manufactured and delivered to the project.
Once manufactured a trial erection was completed in-house and inspected by the Clients. It was disassembled and delivered by our logistics team to site as per project timetable. The bridge was installed in May 2013 with final works including road surfacing completed and the bridge re-open for use in October 2013.