Osborne achieve success with 30 hour rail possession

Osborne recently completed critical works to the Fardell Railway Bridge in Ivybridge, Devon during a 30 hour rail possession.

The work involved the removal of an existing cast iron cess extension beam and timber deck prior and the partial demolition to reduce the wing walls by 1.5m.  A 350 tonne mobile crane was then used to install two 8-ton pre-cast cill beams which support a new 28 tonne pre-cast cess beam. A new piled retaining wall was also installed adjacent to the underbridge cess extension.

This was an innovative solution between Osborne and Roger Bullivant, required by the existing ground conditions.  All 18 piles were successfully installed within the timescale.

Preparations for the possession were carefully coordinated in advance by everyone involved to ensure completion of all tasks within the 30 hour window.  During the works period, communication was maintained, avoiding any unnecessary delays.

John Dowsett, Managing Director of One Team Wessex explained, “The safe and timely completion of the works over the weekend was a great achievement by everyone involved.”