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Spring Lane Bridge Reconstruction

Client: EM Highways (for TFL)
Value: £1.5m

Spring Lane Bridge is a road/pedestrian bridge in the centre of Croydon. It is a busy traffic route, and serves several vital bus routes. Due to structural issues, the bridge had to be closed to HGV’s and buses in 2010 and vital bus routes diverted around the bridge.

These lengthy diversions significantly increased public transport running costs, so in Spring 2014, Jackson began work to reconstruct the bridge.

The project presented a number of challenges. Firstly, being situated in a built up area, surrounded by residential and commercial properties, and with a live tramline running underneath, and a pedestrian footway running across the bridge which could not be diverted, the project required thorough contact, communication and co-ordination with many stakeholders, particularly London Tramlink.

The project also had various time constraints, one of the most important being the 9 day blockade period during which the tram link was shut down, and critical demolition and new bridge construction operations could take place. Despite the project starting almost 6 weeks behind schedule, the project team managed to achieve critical works in line with the blockade, and no possession works overran at any stage.

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