Paintings to build the brand new bridge over the railway at Nithsdale Street in Glasgow’s Southside is now underway following a hit demolition of the previous construction.
The mission, a part of the Glasgow-Barrhead electrification works, will see a brand new bridge deck built upper over the railway to permit overhead electrification wires to run safely underneath the construction.
The bridge demolition is the newest section of labor throughout the Barrhead to Glasgow electrification mission and is a part of wider plans to decarbonise passenger products and services on Scotland’s railway through 2035.
Running over two successive weekends whilst the railway was once closed for 53 hours, contractors Bam Nuttall on behalf of Community Rail labored regularly to demolish and transparent the previous bridge earlier than craning into position the primary parts of the brand new construction.
Over the primary weekend, 1,100 tonnes(t) of wreck, together with seven wrought iron girders, have been got rid of from the railway bridge the use of a 500t crane. The masonry brick paintings from the construction might be recycled and reused as cladding.
Over the second one weekend, 4 concrete pre-cast cil gadgets have been craned into place at the abutments of the previous construction the use of a 750t crane. Those give you the further peak clearance wanted for the electrification wires to run safely below what’s going to even be a thinner bridge deck.
As paintings continues with the bridge and different parts of the electrification mission, pedestrian get right of entry to over the railway will proceed by the use of the close by footbridge between Moray Position and Darnley Street, with brief ramps fitted to permit step unfastened get right of entry to.
Allan Wilson, Community Rail’s mission supervisor for the Glasgow-Barrhead electrification mentioned:
“A hit demolition of the Nithsdale Street bridge eliminates a key blocker to the set up of the overhead wires that can permit the electrification of the road to Barrhead through December 2023.
“Remaining the railway for consecutive weekends was once the best approach to take away the construction after which to make just right development within the first phases of the development of the brand new bridge through putting in cil gadgets at the abutments and the pre-cast beams which can shape the framework of the brand new bridge deck.
“We will be able to have the brand new deck in position in September after which will start the method of reconnecting the utilities around the construction to be able to having finished the paintings and opening the brand new bridge in January subsequent 12 months.
“We’re thankful to the area people and street customers for his or her endurance and cooperation all the way through this paintings.”
Along with the primary bridge works, the staff took the chance to maximize the price of the railway closure through demolishing a smaller construction at Kennishead Street close to Darnley and putting in an under-track crossing to hold diverted energy cables.