Burnaby Road bridge replacement

We are replacing a 142-year-old railway bridge in Portsmouth to improve reliability of the railway for passengers.

Our team will be working around the clock for five days (Monday 12 February until Friday 16 February 2018) to replace Burnaby Road bridge and complete associated track works.

The £2.7 million investment forms part of the national Railway Upgrade Plan and is crucial to bring the crossing up to modern standards.

Burnaby road bridge

The new 88-tonne structure is being made in Lanarkshire using only British steel.

The original aesthetic of the existing bridge will be reflected in the new structure, with the bridge being painted in cream and ‘night blue’; the colours of the Portsmouth crest.

The benefits

Load restrictions are already in place on the bridge to protect the structure, limiting freight train use, and passenger services would also need to be restricted in the future if this work was not carried out.

Key dates

Work will take place from Monday 12 February until Friday 16 February 2018 during the spring half-term, when there are fewer rail passengers travelling and fewer cars on the road at peak times

Keeping people informed

To complete the work safely, the railway line between Portsmouth Harbour and Portsmouth & Southsea will be closed from 01:15 on Monday 12 February and will re-open at 06:00 on Saturday 17 February. A limited train service will be in place from 20:00 to end of service on Sunday 11 February.

Bus replacement services will be in operation every 10 minutes from 06:00 until 23:20 during the closures, and Portsmouth Harbour station will remain open for pedestrians travelling to and from the ferry port.

Burnaby Road and Park Road, which are adjacent to the work site, will be closed to allow access for heavy machinery and equipment. Sign-posted diversion routes for road vehicles and pedestrians, as agreed with Portsmouth City Council, will be in operation during the closure.

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