The A15 Lincoln Eastern Bypass

avidrail were working on behalf of Stobart Rail who were awarded the P Way contract by BAM Nuttall, taking on the Project Manager role, avidrail were instrumental in the planning and delivery.

The A15 Lincoln Eastern Bypass is a 7.5km road designed to improve Lincoln’s infrastructure, encourage growth, minimise traffic congestion and enhance the inter-city environment.

Works started on-site on 6 December 2016 when Network Rail began construction of a new railway bridge adjacent to Washingborough Road, which will allow the new road to run under the railway.

When complete, the bypass will start at a new roundabout on the A15 Sleaford Road and finish at the A158 Wragby Road, connecting with the existing northern relief road and becoming the next step towards creating a complete ring road around the city.

The project is backed by Lincolnshire County Council, the Department for Transport, and the three district authorities (City of Lincoln Council, West Lindsey and North Kesteven District Councils).

The 600-tonne rail bridge deck was slid into place over the weekend during a 72-hour rail line closure.

Rail bridge deck slid into place

As part of the work, the rail tracks were disassembled and reassembled to allow a hydraulic skidding system to push the bridge into its final position, where it will support the Lincoln to Spalding rail line.

Below are some facts and figures about the bridge:

  • All of the bridge sections, including two 107-tonne steel beams, were manufactured by Cleveland Bridge in Darlington
  • The bridge deck is 40.5m long – just under half the height of Lincoln Cathedral if stood on its end
  • The bridge was assembled using 750-tonne and 200-tonne cranes to lift each section into place
  • The bridge deck is constructed using weathering steel, which minimises future maintenance requirements
  • A total of 106,000 hours have been spent on the rail bridge project to date, including the manufacture of the bridge deck and all of its component parts
  • 800t of New Ballast Used
  • 288 New Sleepers Installed
  • 3660hrs Worked in the 72hr Blockade
  • 106000hrs of Preparation for the Blockade