The layout of the site and the access restrictions this posed meant that the logistical options for installing the new bridge decks were restricted to the use of a crane. The gradient of the road beneath the structure prevented the use of SPMTs and the adjacent bus depot was the only site suitable to position the crane. The winter of 2013 proved to be one of the worst on record and the dreaded wind risk was very real as Britain was pounded with heavy rain and strong winds.
This risk was closely monitored by the project team and Network Rail through regular progress meetings and conference calls. Thankfully the weather conditions abated and the bridge installation could go ahead. It was important to keep team morale high and especially so at Christmas when much of the country is enjoying quality family time. With this in mind shift rotas were organised for the site team to ensure everyone was able to spend part of Christmas Day at home with their families.
This was carefully planned out to ensure the works progressed efficiently throughout the festive period. With the old bridge removed and the existing abutments prepared, new PCC cill beams were carefully installed to line and level. Following this the two new 61 tonne bridge decks were lowered into position. Following reinstatement of the track, the core works were completed and the site handed back to Network Rail on Boxing Day as scheduled, and just in time for the post-Christmas rush.
The final phase of the works at Appleby Station was to install new platforms and reinstate the newly grit blasted and painted parapets. The platforms were installed complete with new surfacing and tactiles. This final stage of the project was carried out mid-week by utilising access opportunities between trains in order to minimise any further disruption to the public.