UK: HS2 Ltd has revealed the standard design developed for 11 bridges which will carry rural footpaths and bridleways across the high speed line in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire.
The design was produced by HS2 main works contractor EKFB, a joint venture of Eiffage, Kier, Ferrovial Construction and BAM Nuttall, working with Arcadis Setec Cowi and architects Moxon.
The bridges will be made of weathering steel to match the tone of the surrounding countryside, with sides that lean outwards ‘to maximise views of the sky’ and appear narrower and lighter. The internal faces of the bridges feature oak panelling and perforated stainless steel to allow views along the railway.
Most will have one 42 m span, with extra spans added where necessary to create bridges up to 102 m long. The footbridges will be 2∙5 m wide, while bridleway bridges will be 3∙5 m wide to allow two horses to pass.
The bridleway bridges were designed with guidance from the British Horse Society, and will have a recycled, non-slip rubber deck and the structure acting like a baffle to stop horses being distracted by passing trains.
‘A lot of thought and consideration has gone into making both designs sympathetic to the landscape and beneficial to the people who will be using them’, said EKFB’s Head of Engagement David Griffiths-Allen.
The first footbridge is expected to be installed in October next year.