A Bridge Made from Plastic?
June 19, 2021
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There is a constant flow of exciting and jaw dropping innovations within modern construction. One of the latest is the revolutionary plastic ‘circular footbridge’ developed by Network Rail. The fibre reinforced polymer [FRP] footbridge is the type designed to allow people to safely cross over rail lines to access platforms. The prototype was built at a test centre in Long Marston, Warwickshire.
One of the advantages of the new design is it’s lightweight nature when compared to steel. It can also be tailored to each specific location thanks to its modular construction. The bridge can be installed in a matter of days and is even technically advanced. It is able to monitor usage and any maintenance needed.
It is hoped that this ground breaking design will be widely adopted across the UK, changing the way footbridges are constructed on the rail network. A ramped version of the bridge is now due to be worked on along with procurement and construction options.
Programme manager for Network Rail, Andy Cross said “We were able to take a different approach. This has allowed us to work with several small and medium-sized businesses, many of whom haven’t worked on railway projects before but have the skills and expertise to bring the concept of a lightweight, low-cost footbridge to life “In just 11 months we have developed a prototype bridge that is stunning in design, environmentally friendly and will take days and not weeks to install and thereby causing less disruption for the surrounding community.”
The project was a collaboration between a team of eight organisations including Knight Architects, Jacobs Engineers, KS Composite and Epsilon Optics. For major and small construction projects in places like North London, you can hire high performance plant machinery from Rhinos Plant Hire. Rhinos have an excellent and reliable range which includes versatile Bobcat Skid Steer Loaders. Contact us on 01277 372 626