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French flair New bridges may be thin on the ground in the UK, but in France continuing expansion of the high speed rail network is keeping bridge builders busy. Leading off NCE's bridges special, Adri

Elegance of form is as much a priority for TGV Mediterrane bridge designers as structural efficiency. A good example currently under construction is an unusual multispan steel structure carrying the railway 324.6m across the wide Canal de Donzre south of Valence. To produce a 'softer' outline, two conventional bowstring arches are linked at their crowns by a curved steel section. The bridge lies in a relatively flat part of the landscape of the Rhne valley and its designers believe ...

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