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Video | Network Rail footbridge replacement

Network Rail has released timelapse footage of a footbridge replacement completed over the weekend.

Network Rail’s “orange army” replaced a footbridge in Wilshire, using a 500t crane to lift the new bridge, which was constructed off site, into position.

It was lifted 10m over a block of flats and into position in the early hours of Sunday 22 March.

The new bridge is higher than its replacement, creating the additional space needed for the overhead wires that will power a new fleet of electric trains.

To minimise disruption for residents and any risk of the work overrunning, the new bridge was built off site, negating the need for a longer road closure.

Network Rail West of England project director Andy Haynes said: “Where we can we will always choose methods of working that minimise disruption for local communities, and I would like to thank residents for their continued patience as we complete our work on this footbridge in preparation for electrification and the arrival of the new fleet of electric trains.”

The bridge replacement is part of an electrification programme that will improve 370km of one of Britain’s busiest and oldest railways, reduce journey times, and make services quieter for passengers and people living close to the railway line.

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