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Painting Blackfriars Bridge

It looks like Blackfriars Bridge is being repainted.

It certainly looks like it needs a repaint.

October 4, 2022 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , | Leave a comment

A New Garden Bridge Proposed For London

This article on Ian Visits is entitled Plans Open A Disused Railway Bridge To Pedestrians.

This is the introductory paragraph.

A section of the Thames with few bridges could become a lot easier for pedestrians and cyclists to cross if plans to convert a disused railway bridge for pedestrian use go ahead.

The disused railway bridge to be used is the original 1849 Barnes Railway Bridge, which was closed to trains, when a new stronger bridge was built alongside in 1890.

This Google Map shows the two bridges.

Note.

  1. The railway tracks in the centre on the 1890 three-arch bridge.
  2. The Thames flows from South-West to North-East under the bridge.
  3. A walkway on the North-Eastern side of the is still in use.
  4. The original 1849 bridge is on the South-Western side of the bridge.

The pedestrian garden bridge will be built on the 1849 bridge, which will be refurbished.

This second Google Map shows the bridge and Barnes Bridge station.

Note.

  1. Barnes Bridge in the North-West corner of the map.
  2. Barnes Bridge station in the South-East corner of the map.

Part of the plan envisages connecting the South-Western platform to the pedestrian garden bridge.

It looks a plan with a lot of good possibilities.

The Project

It appears that Network Rail, the London Boroughs of Richmond and Hounslow are all supportive and Moxon Architects have been appointed to the project.

The project now appears to be called The View at Barnes Bridge and it has an impressive web site, with lots of information and pictures.

I have a few thoughts.

I Am Not Surprised That Network Rail Are Supportive

Network Rail must be pleased to be getting a Grade II Listed structure off their hands.

Could Barnes Bridge Station Be Made Step-Free?

I suspect that Moxon will produce designs for this and it will probably be a question of money, if they are implemented.

But as the garden bridge will attract more visitors, this will surely increase the need for full step-free access at Barnes Bridge station.

Could A Refurbished Bridge Carry Utilities?

I suspect that this will be looked at, as it could be a nice little earner.

Could This Project Be An Example Of a Levelling-Up Project?

In my travels around the UK and Europe, I’ve seen several disused railway bridges that could be reused as footbridges to provide walking and cycling.

Many are being converted, but this high-profile bridge could inspire architects to create other worthwhile bridges.

 

 

 

July 28, 2022 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Oxted Viaduct

I’d never heard of the Octed Viaduct, until I saw this article on Rail Technology News, which is entitled 140-Year-Old Iconic Viaduct Receives £10.5m Infrastructure Upgrades.

So I went to have a look this morning and took these pictures.

This page on the Network Rail web site, describes the work that has been done.

It also includes a video and this excellent drawing of the viaduct.

I’m glad to see that Network Rail still have the traditional skills.

July 16, 2022 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , | 3 Comments

Berwick’s Landmark Bridge Set For Major Repairs

The title of this post, is the same as that as this article on the BBC.

This Google Map shows the Royal Border Bridge.

This extract from the article describes the works on the bridge.

During the work, which will last until November, engineers will repair all 28 arches of the Grade I-listed structure.

The East Coast Main Line will stay open and an online event for people to find out more is being held on 27 January.

I suspect that finding anybody to restore historic stone buildings will be difficult in the area, during 2022.

January 29, 2022 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Completed Bridge At Feltham Station

I took these pictures of the completed bridge at Feltham station.

Note.

  1. The platforms at Feltham station have been lengthened.
  2. The level crossing at the station has been removed.
  3. The new bridge allows pedestrians to cross the railway.
  4. 4. The new bridge has already been vandalised.

In addition to the bridge, there is also a bridge with lifts in the station.

January 12, 2022 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , | 1 Comment

Tees Newport Bridge – 16th December 2021

My train from Middlesbrough To Huddersfield passed the Tees Newport Bridge.

Notice that it is a different colour in this picture from 2010.

The Newport Lifting Bridge

In The Tees Bridges and Barrage, I wrote about Middlesbrough’s bridges.

December 18, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , | Leave a comment

Engineers At Network Rail Are Building A Tiny Railway Crossing For Wild Hazel Dormice To Help Protect The Endangered Species From Extinction

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on Railway News.

This is the brief introductory paragraph.

This dormouse bridge will be the first of its kind. It will be built in summer 2022 on the Furness line in Lancashire.

Let’s hope after all this care and work, the dormice like it.

December 1, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel, World | , , , | 8 Comments

Crossing The Mersey

I took these pictures as the train to Liverpool crossed the Mersey yesterday.

Note.

  1. The green bridge is now called the Silver Jubilee Bridge, but when I lived in Liverpool and worked at ICI in Runcorn, everybody called it the Runcorn-Widnes Road Bridge.
  2. The train is on the Ethelfleda, Britannia or Runcorn Railway Bridge depending on your preference. I tend to use Britannia, as the guys I worked with used that name.
  3. The three towers of the cable stayed Mersey Gateway Bridge can be seen in several pictures.
  4. Fiddlers Ferry power station is now decommissioned, but was an almost 2GW coal-fired power station.

In January 2011, I took a video as I crossed the Mersey and it is shown in Train Across the Mersey.

The Future Of Fiddlers Ferry Power Station

The Wikipedia entry for the power station, says this about the future use of the site.

Demolition of the station was due to begin in 2020 and will take up to seven years. The land upon which it sits will be redeveloped, with Warrington Council stating it had designated the land as an employment site.

As it obviously has a high-capacity electricity connection and there is a lot of offshore wind power in Liverpool Bay, I would feel it could be an ideal location for a large battery of perhaps 2 GWh.

The Future Of The Britannia Railway Bridge

The bridge was opened in 1868 and is Grade II* Listed.

Did the designer of the bridge; William Baker ever envisage, that in the future his bridge would be carrying trains over 250 metres long, that were capable of 125 mph?

Probably not! But in a few years, the bridge will be carrying High Speed Two Classic Compatible trains between London and Liverpool.

 

October 15, 2021 Posted by | Energy, Transport/Travel | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

No Trains Out Of Cornwall Until The Weekend After Lorry Hits Plymouth Bridge

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on The Times.

A few points from the article.

  • It was a Tesco truck.
  • It took twenty-four hours to extract.
  • The accident happened on Ashford Hill in Plymouth.

I found the bridge on Google Maps.

Note.

  1. The railway and the bridge are at the top of the map.
  2. My eyesight isn’t good, but I can see the warning signs on the bridge.
  3. There is a TescoExpress in the bottom right corner of the map.

It can’t be a lot more than a hundred metres between the bridge and the TescoExpress.

To make matters worse for the train operators, the accident site is to the East of Plymouth station, which means trains can’t run to Plymouth.

Will GWR Use Okehampton?

Network Rail have already re-laid the track to Okehampton, prior to opening an hourly service between Exeter and Okehampton later this year.

Okehampton station is close to the A30 and I suspect that GWR would have little difficulty running a five-car Hitachi train to Okehampton from London with a reverse at Exeter. At Okehampton, they could use coaches to serve Cornwall by running to Bodmin Parkway.

If I was the CEO of GWR, I’d see if it could be arranged, as what good publicity they’d get for the new Okehampton service.

August 31, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , , | 4 Comments

Mott’s £6m Plan Approved For Hammersmith Bridge

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Construction Index.

This is the introductory paragraph.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council has approved a new plan to stabilise Hammersmith Bridge at significantly below the original expected cost, with works completing in less than a year.

Consulting engineer, Mott MacDonald have developed a solution to the bridge that is simple in the extreme.

This sentence describes the principle at the heart of the solution.

The Mott MacDonald solution involves the use of elastomeric bearings, which allow any pressure to be applied equally to all four corners while protecting the vulnerable 134-year-old cast iron structure.

There would also appear, that some very serious computing has been applied to allow the new bearings to be inserted, by just jacking up the bridge.

In addition to the cost and the speed of installation, the Mott MacDonald plan has been welcomed by Heritage England, will require less closures and doesn’t involve diversion of the gas main.

Conclusion

This intervention will stabilise the bridge and give time for a long-term solution to be developed, that will allow the bridge to be opened to vehicles.

August 17, 2021 Posted by | Computing, Design, Transport/Travel | , , , | 2 Comments