Network Rail unveils modular railway footbridge which can be erected in days

Posted on 17 June 2021

A new design of bridge that could transform rail crossings across Britain has been unveiled by Network Rail. The innovative circular bridge is set to revolutionise the way Network Rail builds footbridges over the tracks. The design was unveiled earlier this week at NCE's Future of Bridges conference ahead of its formal unveiling. Made from lightweight material, the environmentally friendly bridge can be installed in a matter of days, and its modern, modular design means it can be adapted to different locations. It also features built-in monitoring to assess usage and maintenance needs.

Knight Architects was appointed to develop a concept design in Spring 2020, and have developed the design almost entirely remotely with Network Rail, Jacobs, Flo Flo, KS Composites, Sui Generis, Q-Railing, Rapid Root, Epsilon Optics, Sentry Systems and Mabey Bridge. Network Rail programme manager Andy Cross emphasised the benefits of working with a range of companies.