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Green Street footbridge replacement

Gillingham, Kent

VolkerHighways, and fellow business unit VolkerFitzpatrick’s structures team, from within their Rail and Infrastructure division, recently removed and replaced a life expired pedestrian footbridge over the London Victoria to Ramsgate railway cutting, in Gillingham, Kent.

The new footbridge is longer and wider than the previous structure, giving pedestrians more space to pass.

The works were part of VolkerHighways’ five-year highways infrastructure framework with Medway Council, and highlights the benefits of working collaboratively with the wider VolkerWessels UK group, combining their knowledge and providing a seamless end-to-end solution.

The project was completed a week ahead of programme, with significant savings and minimal disruption to residents.

VolkerHighways’ role in the project:

  • Preparation works, including the planning, design, and fabrication of the bridge
  • Completion of surveys and bridge inspections
  • Installation of electrical feeder pillars and duct work
  • Traffic management works, including closing footways and local roads, and implementing pedestrian diversions
  • Reinstatement of the footway paving
  • Installation of street lighting columns and street furniture
  • Completion and handing back the site to Medway Council for opening to the public

VolkerFitzpatrick’s specialist work included:

  • Construction of the new in-situ reinforced concrete foundations
  • Undertaking a 25 hour possession, using a Liebherr 450t mobile crane, to remove the old bridge and install a new, 33m by 3m, 35 tonne steel truss bridge

"I am pleased that the new improved footbridge in Green Street, Gillingham, is now open. It is testament to the hard work of our partners that works on the bridge were completed sooner than expected. This project is a great example of collaborative working with VolkerHighways, VolkerFitzpatrick, Nusteel and Network Rail. The new bridge is wider, which will make it easier for pedestrians and wheelchair users to pass others, and new lighting has been installed."

Cllr Phil Filmer, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Frontline Services

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