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Weathering steel footbridge spans Kidderminster main line and heritage railway

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Working on behalf of Network Rail, Adey Steel has completed the fabrication, supply and installation of the new Severn Valley Footbridge at Kidderminster.

Replacing an old wooden bridge, the new footbridge is located to the south of Kidderminster railway station and spans both the main line railway and adjacent heritage Severn Valley Railway.

Weighing in 38t and spanning 34m, the weathering steel structure’s natural patina effect, is said to be in keeping with the historic site and the steam trains that pass beneath it. The bridge also provides better access to the stadium of the local football club, Kidderminster Harriers.

The completed bridge was delivered to site and installed, using a single mobile crane, during a weekend possession of the railway.

Adey Steel Project Manager Stuart Gray, said: “I am very proud to have overseen the project management and installation of the Severn Valley Footbridge as this was my first project since starting with Adey Steel in June 2022.

“Being able to deliver something that ties in perfectly to Severn Valley Railway’s 160-year history, that also keeps the community and visitors connected to Kidderminster’s past, has been a fantastic experience, especially as I know it will be there for future generations to use and enjoy.

“Over all, the project went well, in particular the coordination of the rail possessions that minimised the impact on the historic site.”

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