Dyer & Butler to repair three Wessex bridges

Queen Elizabeth bridge in Kingston upon Thames is one of three that Dyer & Butler will refurbish.

The contract to carry out strengthening work to three railway bridges on Network Rail’s Wessex route in the South of England has been awarded to Dyer & Butler.

Under the terms of the contract, the M Group Services subsidiary will be responsible for all aspects of design and delivery of the work to the bridges at:

  • Station Road, Leatherhead (Surrey)
  • Emsworth Road (Portsmouth)
  • Queen Elizabeth Road (Kingston-upon-Thames)
The bridge over Station Road in Leatherhead, Surrey.

All three are underbridges (the road goes under the railway). The work to be undertaken includes steelwork repairs, surface preparation and painting, brickwork repairs and installation of new ballast boards. The work has begun at Station Road in Leatherhead and all three bridges are expected to be completed by the end of March 2021.

Ben Wilkinson, Network Rail.

Network Rail Wessex route asset manager Ben Wilkinson said: “We are pleased to be working with Dyer and Butler which is another example of Network Rail and its supplier working to deliver a project that will benefit passengers and local communities.

“These works help to deliver a more reliable train service by enhancing the condition and resilience of these bridges.

“Once complete, these bridges will have an improved appearance and it will be easier and safer for our engineers to inspect and maintain them in future.”

Dyer & Butler project manager Robert Haley responded: “We’re delighted to have been appointed to deliver these underbridge strengthening works across Network Rail’s Wessex route.

“These works will deliver important structural amendments, ultimately making the railway safer and stronger, with minimal traffic disruption in the process.”

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