Southend Bridge Replacement

Last weekend saw the 130 year old bridge that carries the railway over Southend High Street replaced with a new one in the space of barely two days.  This was an impressive engineering feat and a very real example to many people in Southend just what professional civil engineers and engineering companies can achieve.  I missed the start but watched the new bridge going in and it was excellent.  Read on to learn more and see photos and videos of the weekend.

The work was carried out by main contractor Osborne with ALE-Heavilift doing the shifting of the old and new bridges. Demolition contractor Micor took the existing abutments down to level for the new bridge.  Client for the work was Network Rail.

A fairly thin write up was included in the Evening Echo on Monday with not much more than the text posted on their website. You can read the article here. There was a better write up on Southend radio’s website that you can read here. A news article from Osborne’s website can be found here.

Ian Banks and Nick Skinner both took some great photos and happened to be there when I wasn’t and vice versa so between us we have a good record of the weekends events.  Ian’s full album of pics can be found here and Nicks can be found here.  My album of photos taken in the early hours of Sunday morning can be found here.

I have included below a selection of the many uploaded images and videos from the weekend.  All images open in new windows to bigger versions. Enjoy 🙂 

The 130 year ol existing bridge. Picture by Ian banks
The 130 year old existing bridge. Picture by Ian banks
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The day before. Photo by Nick Skinner
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SPMT transporter under the old bridge. Photo by Nick Skinner
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Transporter turned and ready to lift the old bridge. Photo by Ian Banks
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Bridge lifted and being tuned 90 degrees. Photo by Nick Skinner
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View of old bridge being turned from Southend Central Station platform. Photo by Ian Banks
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The old bridge out and driving down Southend High Street. Photo by Nick Skinner
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A tight squeeze as the old bridge departs. Photo by Nick Skinner

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