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New bridge for Catford over August Bank Holiday

Network Rail will be replacing a 130-year-old bridge at Catford, South East London, as part of its programme of engineering works this August Bank Holiday, which will affect some journeys in Kent and South East London.

It was constructed around 1890 and strengthened in 1916. Freight trains are currently subject to a 15mph speed restriction over the bridge due to its condition, so it has to be replaced to avoid further speed restrictions and disruption to services in the future.

In addition, engineers will also be replacing points at a very busy junction near Crayford. This was originally installed as part of wartime resilience for the railway, and it is now one of the busiest on Southeastern’s metro network, linking Sidcup with Dartford. Replacing the points there will help improve reliability for passengers across the area.

The work will take place between Saturday 29 August and Monday 31 August, and passengers are urged to check before they travel.

Fiona Taylor, Network Rail’s route director for Kent, said: “We know there is never a good time to close the railway, but the replacement of these life expired assets is vital to improve the reliability of journeys for our passengers.”

While the railway is closed, additional work will be completed between Nunhead and Shortlands, including embankment work, track work and work at Beckenham Hill station.

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com

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Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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