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Bridge replacement

Replacing bridges allows trains to run more frequently, safely and reliably well into the future

Bridges on our network - many of which were built during the Victorian era - can reach the point where major works are needed.

It's known as the end of their 'design life.' This means that they have to be replaced to continue to provide a safe and reliable railway for passengers.

New railway bridge installed over the River Lea Navigation in Tottenham

What sort of work is carried out?

  • Replacement of the bridge 'deck' (the structure usually including the road or rails)
  • Original metalwork retained and refurbished where relevant and possible
  • Preparations or installation of overhead line equipment to allow electrified trains to use the new bridge
  • Building a stronger, more modern structure to allow the bridge to carry heavier and longer trains
  • Improved resilience to strikes from vehicles

Read about some of the work we do in maintaining bridges on the railway.

Read about some of the work we do in maintaining bridges on the railway.

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