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New railway bridge for Diss after round-the-clock effort

A team of Network Rail engineers worked around the clock over the Christmas weekend to replace the main railway bridge in Diss, Norfolk in 72 hours

The team began working on site in November, carrying out preparatory work so that everything was ready to take advantage of the time available over the Christmas weekend.

Once the last train had passed through on Christmas Eve, engineers moved in to dismantle the overhead power lines and cut and remove the existing tracks and ballast before the old deck was lifted out using a giant crane. The new pre-fabricated bridge deck was then inched into place before the ballast was replaced and the tracks and overhead power lines re-connected.

“The old bridge over Victoria Road was approaching the end of its life-span and needed to be replaced. Many more trains use this stretch of line than did when the bridge was first built so we’ve installed a new bridge designed to cope with the demands of a busy twenty-first century railway,” said Network Rail route director for Anglia Andrew Munden.

“Our team worked around the clock, starting from the moment the last train passed through Diss on Christmas Eve. Their hard work and professionalism means we’ve been able to provide Diss with a new railway bridge in a single weekend – an impressive feat of engineering and teamwork.

“I’d like to thank the people of Diss for their co-operation and apologise for any inconvenience caused during this essential bridge replacement. The previous bridge had served the town well for more than 100 years. I’m sure that the new bridge will do the same,” he said.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Well done.

    If only the Workington and Cockermouth road bridges could be replaced with equal speed (two months) - and ignoring the Quango English Heritage. The builders would have laughed at us for retaining these inadequate arch bridges. Rgds, JG

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