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New joints for A1 bridge over ECML

A busy North East bridge that carries the A1 over the East Coast main line will undergo vital maintenance work in November to fix decades of wear of tear.

Constructed over 40 years ago, Allerdene railway bridge, close to junction 67, near Gateshead and the Angel of the North, requires essential work because its joints are approaching the end of their useable life and need to be replaced.

The layout of the road along the bridge and nature of the work required means it can only be carried out safely if one of the carriageways is closed and the work is carried out overnight.

Amjad Khan, Highways England project manager, said: “We understand overnight closures will cause disruption, and I’d like to thank people for their patience in advance. While the bridge is safe, it’s extremely important we take measures to maintain it so it stays that way.”

“The work is being carried out in two phases with each phase needing several overnight closures of the A1 in one direction at a time, so our team of engineers can work around the clock to complete the job as quickly as possible.”

“We would advise drivers to allow plenty of time for their journeys.”

Train services will not be affected by this work.

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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