article by: Ian Crowder
posted on: 03 December 2009
updated on: 03 December 2009
Work has been progressing well on the two current bridge
projects on the GWR - the replacement bridge at Laverton and the
repairs following a 'bash' at Gretton.
The gap over the unclassified road at Laverton is no more - once
again it is bridged with a double-track-width span which will
enable progress on the extension to continue towards Broadway.
Buildings Director Darren Fairley reports that the concrete deck
beams are now in place and have been grouted while the brick
pallisters are being rebuilt. Next will be the latticework
bridge parapets while the wing walls are being assessed for
necessary remedial work. This has been a significant project,
the cost of which is being met by the National Grid, whose
predecessor removed the original steel span (with the railway's
permission) to allow their heavy equipment to gain access to a gas
pumping installation nearby.
Although the new bridge is concrete its final appearance will
not be dissimilar to the original. The road, which has been
closed for more than a month, is expected to reopen on
Meanwhile, the village of Gretton sports a very smart bridge
(bridge 26) following repair following a bridge bash by a lorry and
refurbishment to arrest corrosion of the underside of the steel
structure. Darren says: "Once the protective sheeting and
scaffolding were removed, the quality of the work was there for all
to see. It is of an exceptionally high standard and the
bridge almost looks brand new."
He adds: "We are delighted with the standard of this work and
the villagers at Gretton may be assured that it should remain -
subject to there being no further serious collisions - for many
years to come, without road closure.
"I'm aware that the road closure did cause some inconvenience
for which we are of course sorry. But we were able to reopen
the road three weeks early and the result is an elegant bridge
enhanced by smart paintwork and which is an historic feature of