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Contractors_World_UK_Painting of the Forth Bridge completed

Painting of the Forth Bridge completed

The iconic structure is now scaffold-free for the first time in over a decade as repair and repainting programme draws to a close.

With the new systems and surface coatings used, the £130m refurbishment project will mean no full-scale repainting for at least two decades Network Rail announced on December 9, 2011 that its 10-year, £130m programme of refurbishment and repainting on the Forth Bridge has reached an end.

With the scaffolding, which has encased the bridge for over a decade, now removed, the 125 year old structure will not need a full paint job for at least 20 years as a result of the latest in paint protective products.

The project, delivered by Network Rail and main contractor Balfour Beatty Regional Civil Engineering, involved encasing the bridge in up to 4,000 tonnes of scaffolding, painting over 230,000 m² of steel and all 6.5 million rivets in the structure.

Contractors_World_UK_The work had to take place near the live railway without disrupting train services. Over 200 trains, including tens of thousands of passengers, use the bridge every day.Over the life of the project more than 1,500 people have worked on the structure, with up to 400 people a day on the bridge at the height of the refurbishment works.

David Simpson, Network Rail route managing director for Scotland, said: “The completion of this refurbishment will safeguard the future of one of the country’s most famous landmarks.

The work had to take place near the live railway without disrupting train services. Over 200 trains, including tens of thousands of passengers, use the bridge every day. (roll over image)

“Repainting the bridge has long been considered one of the world’s never-ending tasks, and the refurbishment programme we have just completed has been one of the biggest engineering challenges Network Rail has faced.
“Our staff and contractors can take real pride in their achievements on this project, not least in the fact that through their efforts this amazing structure will remain free of major maintenance work for at least two decades.”

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