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Royal Albert Bridge turns blue in support of NHS

To show support for the NHS, Brunel’s Royal Albert Bridge, which spans the River Tamar between Plymouth, Devon, and Saltash, Cornwall, has been lit up in blue from both the Devon and Cornish side of the bridge.

Network Rail worked with Ashtorre Rock, a community centre located almost immediately under the Cornish Tower, and Plymouth City Council to light up the bridge, .which first opened in 1859. Plymouth City Council lit up the Devon side of the bridge from the shore while the Cornish side of the bridge was lit from Ashtorre Rock community Centre, who allowed the lights to be set up from their building.

The Royal Albert Bridge and the Tamar bridge.

The neighbouring Tamar bridge, which carries road traffic between Devon and Cornwall, was also lit up by the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Joint Committee.

Mike Gallop, Network Rail’s Western director, said: “We are really proud of everyone from the NHS and the huge effort they are putting in daily to save lives. It has been great to come together and shine a light on one of the railway’s most famous landmarks in recognition of the NHS.

“We hope to light up the Royal Albert Bridge again in the future when the wider community will be able to leave their homes and see it for themselves.”

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

SPECIALIST AREAS Rolling stock, mechanical equipment, project reports, executive interviews


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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