Wednesday, 28 May 2008

GE19 bridge falling apart


Part of the East London Line extension's GE19 bridge has fallen off, closing Liverpool Street station:

Train services at Liverpool Street station have been suspended while structural engineers inspect a new bridge which has partially collapsed. [...] Around 300 passengers on three trains stopped before entering the station had to walk along tracks to Bethnal Green.
Off there to get pictures now.

Update: Couldn't see a thing wrong with it. This eyewitness report says it's the concrete decking that's fallen on the tracks, as does The Telegraph, implying the main structure is safe.

Update 2: Just remembered I had this photo that shows how the deck is supported, taken from a train a couple of weeks ago. Richard J has a clearer picture of the same thing.

Update 3: Construction News has what looks like a full explanation of what happened. The Ipswich Evening Star has a photo of the gaps in the deck.

2 comments:

Arkady said...

According to the latest BBC report, it wasn't the concrete decking but scaffolding from the bridge which fell onto the tracks, so not a collapse at all. That would explain why the bridge doesn't look damaged.

Michael Hoffman said...

Not good but a lot better than it seemed at first.