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Reconstruction of Scarborough Railway Bridge over the River Ouse at York, Pontefract

  • Pontefract
  • 16 January 2018
  • 10:30 - 13:00
Reconstruction of Scarborough Railway Bridge over the River Ouse at York, Pontefract

About this event

Scarborough Bridge YMS/01 carries non-electrified twin track Up and Down York to Scarborough rail traffic with a line speed of 15mph. It spans across the River Ouse in the centre of York. Timber decking is supported by two identical wrought iron girder spans that dated from 1875, which had been found to be in extremely poor condition due to severe corrosion, and with buckling and cracking to the bracing elements.

The superstructure was declared an overall assessed category-F and was thus unable to meet current railway live loading conditions. Elements carrying footway loading were also found to be inadequate.

Network Rail's internal design group evaluated whether strengthening or reconstruction of the bridge spans over the river was the most cost-effective method of correcting the substandard capacity. The deck reconstruction option was chosen to achieve the requirements of operational safety, design, construction and economy. It also offered many opportunities to improve the underbridge with safe access walkway, robust kerbing and restricting live load deflection.

The presentation will cover six key considerations:

  • Health, Safety & Welfare
  • Quality
  • Difficulty of Engineering
  • Sustainability
  • Innovations
  • Community & Society

Following the meeting a cash bar will be open and a hot and cold self-service buffet will be served -,to be ordered in advance when booking for the meeting and paid in cash at registration. The cost for lunch will be £14 per person and £2 for dessert.

If you book lunch but later you find that you are unable to attend, provided that you notify the Hon Sec not less than two working days beforehand you will not be charged. If you cancel after that we will always endeavour to make an adjustment with the venue so that you may not have to pay, but we reserve the right to request reimbursement from you if that isn't possible.


If you wish to attend this meeting, please advise the Hon Secretary no later than 16.00 on Friday 12 January 2018 giving the information on the form below, either by e-mail to mail@hughallan.net, or by post to: Hugh Allan, 8 West End Close, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5JN.

Note: RICE meetings are open to all members of ICE and to members of other organisations with whom the ICE has a reciprocal arrangement, such as IET and IMechE. Additionally, RICE members may invite a guest to a RICE ordinary meeting, twice a year.


10.30: Registration, coffee & tea service

11.00: Chair's opening remarks then presentation by Arnab Chakraborty and Chris Roberts, followed by questions and discussion

12.45: Bar open and buffet lunch service


Arnab Chakraborty

Arnab is a Chartered Structural Engineer with more than 20 years of experience in the assessment, design and repair of structures. Presently he is Senior Design Manager at Network Rail's Infrastructure Design Group in York where his responsibilities include Contractors Responsible Engineer in accordance with NR/L2/NI02009.

Chris Roberts

Chris is Programme Engineering Manager at Network Rail Infrastructure Design Group in York. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer with 15 years of experience and is responsible for railway structure inspections, design of refurbishment works and site supervision.

Event venue

Rogerthorpe Manor Hotel
Thorpe Lane
Pontefract WF9 1AB
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Katie Gibson

e: katie.gibson@ice.org.uk