As part of the Great North Rail Project, ‘Siddick’ railway bridge in Workington is being completely replaced which will benefit passengers and road users

Aerial view of Port of Workington bridge

The bridge provides key access for thousands of vehicles which transport 500,000 tonnes of cargo to and from the Port of Workington each year.

Weight restrictions limiting the flow of traffic to just one-way are in place because of the bridge’s current state. The major investment will restore traffic in both directions.

The multi-million-pound railway bridge replacement is being delivered in partnership with Cumbria County Council, the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership and Allerdale Borough Council, and will make Siddick bridge fit for the future.

What’s happening?

The work will include:

  • Demolition of the old bridge
  • A new pre-cast concrete bridge deck being installed
  • A new pedestrian and service bridge built north of the existing bridge
  • A temporary level crossing will be installed across the railway to allow continued access to the Port of Workington throughout construction.

When will work take place?

  • Our team set up a work site to store materials and equipment needed for the project
  • Work was undertaken to divert cables and pipes in the existing bridge
  • A new footbridge will be built next to the existing bridge
  • The footbridge will also carry important cables and pipes removed from the existing bridge
  • The existing road bridge will close permanently
  • The new footbridge will open to the public
  • For vehicles, a temporary road crossing over the railway will open
  • The new road bridge will be constructed
  • There will be a closure of the railway Saturday 1 to Monday 3 May – during this time, Northern will operate rail replacement buses and we’re advising passengers to check before they travel at National Rail Enquiries
  • By the end of June, the new and improved road bridge will open to the public and the project will be finished

Project update

New footbridge installed in Workington

As part of the Great North Rail Project, ‘Siddick’ railway bridge, which provides road access to thePort of Workington is being completely replaced which will benefit passengers and motorists.

A 108 tonne railway-mounted crane was used to lift the 18.8 metre bridgedeck into place overnight while trains weren’t running on Friday 5 February.

The new ramped footbridge will accommodate vital utilities and services which are
being diverted from the existing bridge – allowing for its demolition in spring.

Photographs: A track-mounted crane was used to install Workington’s new footbridge.

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