Thameslink: Strengthening works carried out for Bermondsey dive-under

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Skanska has completed a phase of bridge strengthening works as part of the Thameslink programme’s transformation of London Bridge station.

The contractor removed 50 metres of track and installed 30 metres of deck plates over an 81-hour period on the eastern approach to the station.

Strengthening works form part of a £60 million contract to construct the new Bermondsey dive-under – a structure which will allow Thameslink Sussex lines to cross Kent lines as they approach the station without delays.

Network Rail programme manager Andy Jenkins said: “It was important from a team momentum perspective that we successfully delivered the first of the 32 rail bridges that need strengthening as part of Thameslink’s KO2 programme.”

Last week, a report by the National Audit Office (NAO) raised concerns about the government’s silence in finalising the procurement of rolling stock as part of the £6 billion programme.

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