Collaboration and teamwork lead to time and budget efficiencies
Grade II listed Worksop Station was the location for the CML team to take on works to strengthen and repaint the footbridge linking two platforms. Because of its Grade II listing Network Rail decided to move away from the existing grey and blue colours to LNE Heritage green and yellow shades prevalent in the late 1930s.
Close collaboration with station operator Northern Rail ensured the works were carried out to their satisfaction and with minimal disturbance to the station operation.
To facilitate the repair work to the existing footbridge, a temporary proprietary footbridge was erected to allow passengers to cross between the platforms.
Once the temporary footbridge was in place, the existing permanent structure was fully encapsulated. The underside of the bridge was accessed using tower scaffolds during overnight line blockages and weekend possessions.
The works were carried out by specialist sub-contractors Bagnalls (painting) and H S Carlsteel (steelwork), alongside CML’s delivery team. Both had successfully worked together only a couple of months earlier on the similar Sleaford Station footbridge refurbishment project.
The steelwork was fully blasted to remove numerous layers of paint, then primed and new steel sections installed to increase the load carrying capacity of the bridge. Repairs were carried out where severe corrosion was present. Top coating of the steelwork was completed, along with the installation of a new ribbed steel sheet roof and timber deck overlaid with non-slip GRP panels.
This project has been a great example of collaborative working, with the resulting refurbishment attracting compliments from the station master and general public, and was recently inspected by a heritage railway group who were also impressed with the results.
Following this very successful project CML has been awarded the next phase, which is to refurbish the existing platform canopies which is now nearing completion.