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Engineering ‘Bridges the Gap’ in Rugby

Support services and construction company Carillion is delighted to have completed another major milestone on the Rugby Western Relief Road project for clients Warwickshire County Council.

Construction continues apace on the new 6km bypass. This summer, significant successes include the casting of the reinforced concrete bridge deck over the West Coast Main Line at Parkfield Road and the demolition of a brick arch road bridge at the adjacent Bilton Sidings.

The 140m3 deck took five hours to pour during a night time weekend possession of the railway line. The pour required detailed planning and risk management in order to guarantee the tracks being released back to Network Rail on schedule.

Carillion Section Engineer Ian Hill said: “To undertake the deck pour safely and efficiently within the short space of time available clearly demonstrates the merits of collaborative working.

"Warwickshire County Council, Network Rail, Carillion’s site team and supply chain, together with support from CES have pulled together to deliver an excellent result. The diverse needs of all the project stakeholders in terms of safety, quality, programme and cost have been understood and delivered.”

The completion of the bridge deck enabled the demolition of Lawford Road bridge, an existing brick arch structure over the railway line at Bilton Sidings. All waste material from the demolition has been recycled and will be used within the works as road construction, thus underlining Warwickshire County Council’s and Carillion’s commitment to sustainable construction.

Cllr Alan Cockburn, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: "I’m delighted to see the Parkfield Road bridge over the West Coast Mainline nearing completion. This bridge is critical in allowing work to continue, and the lowering in of the new deck is a major milestone."

Carillion Civil Engineering won the two year contract which involves the 6km road stretching from Potford’s Dam on the A4071 to the Avon Mill roundabout at the junction of Newbold Road and the A426 Leicester Road.

The benefits of the bypass will include:

Reducing traffic through both Cawston and Bilton villages
Reducing congestion in the town centre in particular Bilton Road, Newbold Road, Corporation Street and Warwick Street Gyratory
Increased cycling facilities in the Rugby area
Maintaining the option of re-opening the former Southam railway line in the future

For more information on Rugby Western Relief Road visit http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/rwrr