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Work on Viaduct Underway in Oxted in Surrey

Infra News - Published on Tue, 28 Jul 2020

Image Source: BAM Nuttall Viaduct Oxted
A vital project to protect the future of the railway Oxted in Surrey to Uckfield and East Grinstead in Sussex is racing ahead. Engineers from Network Rail and BAM Nuttall are working high above the streets of Oxted to refurbish the viaduct that carries the railway across the valley of the River Eden and the A25. The railway over the structure has been closed for three weekends in June and July to allow certain aspects of the work to be completed, with another closure this Sunday. However, the majority of the work will not affect passengers and will continue until at least February next year.

As well as all the viaduct steel work being grit-blasted back to bare metal and repainted, colleagues from BAM Nuttall are also repairing brickwork and replacing the movable bearings that support the weight of the bridge spans. These allow the steel to move as it expands and contracts lengthways in the heat of the summer and the cold of the winter, without affecting the railway tracks laid on it.

Work at Eridge on the Uckfield line is ongoing, with a new bridge being installed to replace the life-expired original.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Tue, 28 Jul 2020
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