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The training exercise involves preparations for a mock demolition of Rochester's Old Bridge, a bowstring truss. Trainee officers plan and execute a simulated bridge demolition using dummy equipment to replicate the methods used on operations.
A single lane for traffic across the Old Bridge will remain open at all times, with a footway closure managed by the Royals Engineers themselves. Pedestrians will still be able to cross along the New Bridge. Although it is routine training, this will be only the second time in recent years that the exercise has been carried out in the public realm.
Attendees booking through the ICE website will be included in a VIP tour of the army training exercise. The evening will include presentations from the Royal Engineers; the Trust's Bridge Engineer Arcadis; and the Term Maintenance Contractor, FM Conway – which will be carrying out works alongside the training. Refreshments, including soup and a roll, will be provided.
This is a free event but places are limited and must be booked. See below for details.
Attendees will be asked to wear PPE while on-site. This will be provided on arrival. Sturdy footwear should be worn by all. Attendees are also advised to check travel arrangements in advance as public transport may be limited late at night.
The Rochester Bridge Trust was founded in 1399 and is the only surviving independent bridge trust that still serves its original purpose. The Trust owns and maintains the road and service bridges over the Medway at Rochester and has contributed to the cost of many other Medway crossings over the centuries. It makes charitable grants and supports other charitable and educational projects in Kent.
The Trust's income derives from 14th and 15th century endowments, and assets are carefully managed to provide funds for bridge maintenance and future replacement as well as charitable activities. It provides its services entirely free to the public. The Trust receives no external funding and is regulated by the Charity Commission.
See www.rbt.org.uk for more information.