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East Lancashire Railway bridge installed

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Steelwork contractor Taziker Industrial has completed a project for Rochdale Borough Council to design, build and install a new footbridge over the East Lancashire Railway.

Located at Schofield Street in Heywood, Greater Manchester, the new footbridge was constructed three miles away at Taziker’s specialist fabrication facility at Birch Industrial Estate.

The previous footbridge was deemed unsafe and closed by Rochdale Borough Council 12 months ago.

Fabricated in three sections for efficient transportation and erection, the new footbridge is said to be lighter, stronger and safer than its predecessor.

A GRP open mesh grating deck means the footbridge is lighter than a structure with a concrete deck and has increased durability, while reducing its carbon footprint. The original parapets have been strengthened to provide safer access across the bridge and a steam deflector plate added to provide protection to the deck from the steam trains passing underneath.

Additional anti-suicide safety measures have also been considered on this project, with a barrier added to block unsafe access underneath the bridge.

Jarrod Hulme, Taziker’s Managing Director for Engineering Services said: “We have built great relationships with those involved in the project at Rochdale Borough Council and we’ve collaborated effectively every step of the way. We’re now in the position to offer custom-build footbridges to client’s requirements going forward.”

Built in the 19th Century, the East Lancashire Railway is a 20km heritage railway line which runs between Heywood and Rawtenstall.

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