Burnaby Road Bridge Replacement Grabs Gold Award from Network Rail

Osborne has scooped a gold accolade from Network Rails’ Route to Gold initiative, for its work on Burnaby Road Bridge Replacement in Portsmouth.

Route to Gold is a performance measurement initiative which aims to promote collaborative working behaviours, reduce costs caused by re-work and embed a culture of continuous improvement within the rail industry.

Over the past few years, Osborne have been awarded a number of gold accolades from Network Rail for their work at Virginia Water and Chertsey in Surrey, as well as a string of silver awards for their work at other rail jobs, across the South East.

Network Rail scores their supply chain on the quality of products delivered, on projects and the behaviours associated with these. This is measured through information collated by the Network Rail Construction Managers.

Osborne worked with Network Rail to replace a 142-year-old railway bridge in Portsmouth to improve reliability of the railway for passengers.

The teams worked around the clock for five days in February to replace Burnaby Road Bridge and complete associated track works.

The £2.7 million investment forms part of the national Railway Upgrade Plan and this work was crucial to bring the crossing up to modern standards.

The new 88-tonne structure was made in Lanarkshire using only British steel. The original aesthetic of the existing bridge will be reflected in the new structure, with the bridge being painted in cream and ‘night blue’; the colours of the Portsmouth crest.

Load restrictions were put in  place on the bridge to protect the structure, limiting freight train use, and passenger services would also need to be restricted in the future if this work  has not been carried out.