Rare sliding canal bridge in the UK gets a major update

A moveable rail bridge over the Stainforth and Keadby Canal in the Midlands in England has been completely overhauled.

image for illustration: Vazon sliding bridge by Chris Allen, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

… the only bridge of its kind in the UK…

Network Rail writes:

Teams….working for nine days from Saturday 17 to early morning on Monday 26 February to strengthen one of the walls of the Stainforth & Keadby canal…

The nine-day programme of work will result in passengers experiencing smoother and more reliable journeys as they travel by train.

The original Keadby sliding bridge dates to the late 1800s and is the only bridge of its kind in the UK. The railway it carries is one of the busiest routes for freight services on Britain’s rail network and connects passengers between Doncaster and the Lincolnshire coast….

Matt Rice, Route Director for Network Rail’s North & East route, said: “This extensive programme of upgrades to Keadby sliding bridge and the canal wall will be beneficial for our passengers as they experience smoother, more reliable journeys as they travel by train between Doncaster and Scunthorpe….”

Kerry Peters, regional director for Northern, said:  “We welcome this investment in the region’s rail infrastructure and the benefits the works will bring to our passengers travelling between South Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire…”

At the same time, engineers [carried] out comprehensive repairs to the platform structure along with a like for like renewal of the existing footbridge at Althorpe station…

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For more background see Pennine Waterways

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