Skanska joined an integrated team, responsible for the design, planning, engineering and construction of a new 400-metre steel viaduct at Borough Market. The scheme aimed to ease train congestion and increase the flow of trains through nearby London Bridge station.
The new viaduct, which complements the existing viaduct over Borough Market, eliminates the bottleneck that required all Thameslink and Charing Cross train services to share the same tracks. Each of these services will have dedicated tracks, to improve reliability and punctuality.
Sliding railway bridge into position
The viaduct is in an area of historic interest, over one of London’s most popular tourist attractions. The project involved significant liaison with the local community to minimise disruption on the complex engineering scheme. The highlight was when the 1,500 tonne, 70-metre railway bridge was slid into position over Borough High Street in one weekend.
Skanska worked in partnership with Network Rail to develop the scheme, from concept to a detailed design and a cost plan. We also helped identify suppliers for the work packages.
Additional construction work included demolition of existing buildings, to make way for the new rail structure, and the temporary relocation of Borough Market to an adjacent area. It also required the removal, refurbishment and reconstruction of the existing cast iron market structure.