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Pleasington Flexi Arch - 14 January 2015

Thursday 4th May 2000

Macrete are pleased to announce that Pleasington Arch Bridge has recently been named Outstanding Project at the recent UK Rail Industry Awards.

"Story Contracting picked up a prestigious UK Rail Industry Award along with some of the biggest names in the country last night. Story Contracting were up against stiff competiton to pick up ‘Outstanding Project’ inlcuding Network Rail, Tata Steel, Mersey Rail Electrics and Twinfix in the shortlist.

Working together with Network Rail, Story Contracting developed an innovative solution to close the existing high-risk level crossing at Pleasington Golf course in Lancashire and provide an alternative method of crossing the railway.

Although level crossings in the UK are among the safest in Europe, they still pose a significant safety risk to the public. Story Contracting developed an Overbridge solution which was a first for the railway in the UK. It was this exceptional show of capability by Story Contracting that now sees them award winners once again for solution led services.

The project used special construction methodology, which meant that the bridge installation was able to be completed by Story Contracting in a single seven hour window. Story’s safety and design principles enhanced the delivery of the Overbridge, whilst causing minimal disruption to the rail timetable with no train delays experienced through the period of works. The bridge now cuts out the potential risk to pedestrians using the Golf Course.

The success of this innovative project now offers Network Rail the opportunity to save millions of pounds in replicating the design solution in other areas. The method is already being considered for other regions."

All pictures courtesy of Emma Martin at Story Contracting Ltd.