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Mabey calls for listing of iconic bridge

Bailey bridge

Mabey is calling for the English Heritage Grade II listing of the Bailey Bridge on its 75th anniversary.

The Rotherham bridge was originally built during the Second World War for the military to carry tanks and heavy vehicles. The modular steel bridge was invented by civil engineer Donald Bailey at the Experimental Bridging Establishment in Christchurch.

After Mabey Group founder honed the design to develop stronger and lighter versions, which form the basis of designs still used today, particularly in the military.

Mabey Bridge chief executive Michael Treacy said: “The Bailey Bridge has had an unquestionable impact on modular steel bridging, while standing the test of time and decades of improvements. Over the last 75 years, its original design and subsequent improved derivatives have provided vital access for communities, maintained and enhanced supply lines for the military, and enabled construction to be carried out more quickly, safely and efficiently across the world. The bridge has benefited a huge range of people, from those living in major cities, to indigenous communities in developing countries. It is one of the landmarks in modular bridge engineering and it deserves to be formally recognised and celebrated.”

Pictured is a vehicle crossing a bailey bridge over the Volturno River in Italy during World War 2.


Readers' comments (1)

  • I've helped build them myself during National Service. It was fascinating, and fun.

    On a different tack, I realise that your articles are drafted under time pressure, but couldn't someone with a knowledge of English proof-read them before they're published? Pretty well every article has linguistic errors; in this one 'invited' should read 'invented' and the second paragraph isn't a sentence. More concerning is that sometimes the writer shows a lack of understanding of the subject.

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