More problems at jinxed bridge location


The dropped bridge (source Daily Mail)

On Wednesday night a hydraulic jack failed under one corner of a new bridge being installed over a busy UK main line – the London, Liverpool Street line to East Anglia – as part of the East London line extension. One corner of the bridge fell 8 inches and some of its concrete decking broke and fell on the railway tracks below. A National Express East Anglia commuter train, the 7.15pm from Liverpool Street to Southend, hit the broken reinforced concrete debris lying on the tracks ahead of his train. The electric traction current was switched off, another train was stopped midway between stations, and thousands of commuters were led out along the tracks to safety. Services were badly disrupted on Wednesday evening and there were no services into Liverpool Street station this (Thursday) morning. Liverpool Street passengers had already faced massive delays earlier this year, when the demolition of an old bridge in the same area during the New Year period, overran by a week.


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