Welcome to the second edition of Rail Construction News – the premier construction tool for the rail industry.
In this month’s issue we have a selection of fantastic projects for you to peruse, including our focus on Road Rail exploring the history of rail transport; and our feature which delves into the extensive scheme of developments to Pont Briwet viaduct in Gwent. Rail Construction News also looks at the impressive ongoing works programme at Manchester Victoria Station.
In this edition we discover the importance of road rail vehicles and explore their role in the maintenance of the rail industry over the centuries. Step back in time with us and learn more about the early wagon-ways which provided the template for what was to become the primary form of land transport throughout the world.
We also take a look at the £20 million development at Pont Briwet which will see the ancient 22 span wooden viaduct replaced. The project, situated near Porthmadog in North Wales, is due for completion in February 2015 and is going well despite construction being challenging due to the structure being Grade II listed. The current structure carries the single track Cambrian Coast railway from Dovey Junction to Pwllheli and a single track toll road across the Afon Dwyryd for cars. The project will enable larger vehicles to access the bridge instead of having to undertake a laborious eight mile journey, as they did previously because the bridge could not handle their weight. The imposed weight limit on the existing rail and road bridges, as well as the width of the road will be adjusted making the bridge much more accessible and safer for all of those travelling across her.
In Manchester an extensive £44 million project is underway; the modernization of Manchester Victoria Station is progressing steadily and upon completion will see the station fitted with an ultra modern new roof, as well as installing a new mezzanine access deck, a ticket barrier, concourse flooring and external doors. The station is located in a Grade II Listed structure and Network rail are keen to retain the stations historic features. Morgan Sindall have secured the contract on the works at Victoria and are very pleased to be working alongside Network Rail.
Nick Fletcher, Managing Director of civil engineering at Morgan Sindall, has said: “We are delighted to be working with Network Rail on this prestigious scheme to enhance the historic station structure and improve passengers’ journeys. Morgan Sindall has a wealth of experience in the rail sector, including recent station renewal works at Euston in London, Haymarket in Edinburgh and Liverpool’s underground stations, all of which will help us to ensure a successful end result here.”
With all this and much more inside, please join us as we explore the projects which continue to shape our nation’s railways.