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Network Rail to replace steel to composite station bridges

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Network Rail is looking to design new composite bridges

Network Rail is looking to design new composite bridges by replacing its steel footbridges at stations in its journey towards net zero. Marks Barfield Architects and COWI have designed a concept footbridge. The new design will be reviewed before installing new bridges.

The benefits will be demonstrated by Futura bridge that can be gained from using composites in railway station environments. This would be applicable for both new build and replacement structures.

National Composites Centre has collaborated with Network Rail to develop factory-moulded fibre reinforced polymer bridges. Bridges will be designed from a set of adaptable components created in factories with digital controls.

The designs would be for simple, rapid precision fit assembly in the station environment. The project which runs through construction until 2025will specifically target key metrics of reduced cost and reduced greenhouse gas emission in line.

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