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Pleasington Overbridge, Lancashire

A project to erect an overbridge at a golf course in Lancashire has been considered a resounding success.

The project – which took place at Pleasington Golf Club in Lancashire – was designed to provide an alternative method of crossing over a railway line which runs through the course. The scheme – implemented by Network Rail – effectively bypasses the line by providing a bridge over the track.

The new bridge replaces a level crossing which was previously in operation at the site, providing a safer way for golfers to cross from one side of the course to another. The innovative project – a first for the UK railway industry – will now be looked at for future Network Rail projects.

Story Contracting was the main contractor on the challenging project. Established in 1987, Story Contracting – formerly Story Construction – is a multi-disciplinary company specialising in building and civil engineering works. Based in Carlisle, Story Contracting prides itself on its flexible approach to projects, which can range from small maintenance works through to large, multi-million pound schemes.

Such was the success of the project that Story Contracting was recently shortlisted for a National Rail Industry Award. The project has been shortlisted within the Outstanding Project category, with Story Contracting facing stiff competition from the likes of Network Rail, Tata Steel, Mersey Rail Electrics and Twinfix.

Director of Story Contracting, Mike Halliday, said:

“It has been a phenomenal year for Story Contracting after being named as Network Rail’s Supplier of the Year and to go into the New Year in the running for a UK Rail Industry Award just shows how hard our team works to consistently remain amongst the top suppliers to the industry.

“Our projects are continually breaking new ground and providing innovative solutions for our clients, but this can only happen because of the talented team we have developed at Story Contracting.

“The project at Pleasington wasn’t without its challenges, but as a team we were able to overcome these to exceed our stakeholders’ expectations and turn this work into an excellent project.”

Situated on Pleasington Road, Blackburn and set within 142 acres of picturesque countryside, Pleasington Golf Club is a beautiful 18-hole golf course and club house. The course dates back to 1891 and boasts many fine golfers, including Julia Greenhalgh who represented England and Great Britain in numerous tournaments between in 1960 and 1979.

As a modern golf club, Pleasington boasts a range of facilities, including Sky Sports television, well-equipped changing rooms, bars, lounges and dining facilities capable of accommodating more than 80 guests. The club caters for visiting parties from Monday to Friday but is also capable of taking on individual bookings with prior arrangements.

For further information about Pleasington Golf Club, please visit: www.pleasington-golf.co.uk.

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