Rail Bridge Replacement, River Teme, Ludlow
Ludlow Bridge is a life expired structure over the River Teme which carries the twin track SHL line.
The scheme remit was to replace the super-structure along with reducing the effective span.
DESCRIPTION River Teme Railway Bridges
LOCATION River Teme, Ludlow
CLIENT Balfour Beatty
COMPLETION January 2015
DURATION 14 Weeks
Replace a Life-Expired Structure
The scheme remit was to replace the super-structure along with reducing the effective span of the bridges over the River Teme in Ludlow.
Installation of New Bank Seats & Bridges
To achieve this the scheme required new bank seats casting in all four corners to allow the bridge to be replaced on new bearings at the required reduced span.
Works Carried Out
- Site establishment
- Traffic management
- 1000 tonne crane enabling works
- Existing superstructure lay down area
- Installation of cofferdams
- Construction of concrete bank seats
- Construction and installation of needle beams
- Reconstruction of superstructure
A cofferdam supported on two steel frames soil nailed into the embankment and cantilevered over the river was successfully installed. The cofferdam was designed to enable the team to install the new bank seats further into the river which would later go on to house the new rail bridge.
The replacement of the bridges has been welcome by the local community give them the reassurance that the bridges will remain functional for many years to come.