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Contractors World UK & Ireland Vol 4 No 4

London Bridge Station is falling

down under a demolition

contract to make space for a

brand new station. New time-

lapse footage from London

Bridge station shows the scale

of demolition work taking place

underneath the platforms to

create space for the station’s

new street-level concourse.

In the shadow of London’s

newest landmark, The Shard,

Network Rail is completely re-

building London Bridge – the

capital’s oldest rail terminal – as

part of the £6.5bn Thameslink

Programme, which will increase capacity and reli-

ability on one of Europe’s busiest rail routes.

The work to rebuild the station is being carried

out in phases to keep the station open for business

and minimise disruption to passengers. This latest

time-lapse video, taken in September, shows the

demolition of 19th century brick arches underneath

platforms 10 and 11, which are currently being re-

built and will reopen to passengers in January.

The first part of the new station

concourse at London Bridge will open

in 2016, with the entire concourse

complete in 2018.

Cambrian Coast railway up and

running

The train service between Harlech and Pwllheli is

open for business again following the successful

rebuild of Pont Briwet viaduct.

(bottom left)

The project has seen the 150 year-old

wooden bridge over the Afon Dwyryd near Lla-

ndecwyn replaced with a modern structure.

Funded by the European Regional Develop-

ment Fund, Welsh Government, Network Rail

and TraCC, and managed by Gwynedd Coun-

cil, the project has also involved line speed

improvement work across the new bridge as

part of plans to deliver faster journey times on

the route.

With the rail bridge now complete, trains

are now able to run the entire Cambrian Coast

line for the first time since late 2013.

The upper section of the Cambrian Coast

railway closed between Harlech and Pwllhe-

li in November 2013, shortly after the £20m

bridge-replacement project commenced, so

work to replace the structure could be con-

ducted safely.

Further work was required on the Cambri-

an Coast earlier this year after ferocious winter

storms caused widespread damage. The lower

section of the line – between Dovey Junction

and Harlech – closed in January, after storms

and tidal surges severely damaged the infra-

structure.

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London Bridge Station

is Falling Down