Contractors work around the clock to install footbridge at new £20m railway station
Network Rail has installed a footbridge over the East Coast Mainline as part of the new £20m Reston station development.
The work was carried out by contractor Bam Nuttall, during an extended closure of the line with teams working around the clock during a 54-hour window, to allow the bridge sections to be craned in safely over the weekend (September 25-26).
Six sections making up the main framework of the steel bridge and lift-towers were successfully positioned beside and above the East Coast Mainline. The largest section, the main bridge span was 16 metres long and 6.5m metres and weighed more than 28 tonnes.
The bridge sections, including the main, upper and lower spans and the two lift shafts had been delivered to site under police escort from Coatbridge via the M8 and A1, before negotiating the narrow streets of the Berwickshire village to get to site.
In addition to the installation of the bridge, work was also carried out to upgrade the overhead lines through the new station to make the most of the access to the line.
The plans for Reston will see the construction of a two-platform station on the East Coast Mainline, with 70 car parking spaces and a new access road. The station itself will be fully accessible with the lifts and footbridge connecting both platforms.
Completion of the station will see trains call at the village for the first time in more than half a century.
Lisa McKenna, Network Rail project manager for the Reston station development said: “Installation of the footbridge marks a major milestone for the project’s delivery and we are grateful to the team at Reston for completing this challenging element of the project safely and efficiently.
“The bridge and lifts will help deliver easy local access to East Coast Mainline services and will make this area more attractive for inward investment and housing growth, which will both support local communities and the economy.
“Work will now continue, both on the bridge and the wider station development, which will help open Reston to new opportunities and transform this community.”
Jerry Dickson, operations Manager, BAM Nuttall, said: “We’re delighted to be underway in creating another brand new station for Scotland’s Railway.”