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Installation of the 5,000t Ravenscraig Rail Bridge

Event organised by Railway Civil Engineers' Association

25 January 2024
18:00 - 19:30 GMT
James McCune Smith room
The Merchants House of Glasgow
7 West George Street
Glasgow, G2 1BA
United Kingdom

This event has now ended


After months of planning and preparation, a 5,000-tonne bridge, one of the largest bridge lifts in Europe, was transported to its new home on the West Coast Mainline.

The ground was prepared by lifting and clearing existing track using remote control panel lifters and removal of 36,000-tonnes of earth to make space for the new structure. 

Self-propelled modular transporters (SPMTs) were used to move the concrete structure into its final location (the bridge was constructed in a green field next to the railway line). Once the bridge was installed, the track was rebuilt and adjustments were made to the overhead wires ahead of the line reopening.

The bridge and new road forms part of the £127.2 million Ravenscraig Access Infrastructure project.

This event will look at the planning and preparation required to undertake this major project. 

Further details

  • The venue is directly across from Glasgow Queen Street Railway Station; access is via the 7 West George Street entrance to the Merchants House building.
  • Please press the buzzer for either the Grand hall or Collectors office.
  • The buzzer panel is located on the right-hand side of the doorway as you face the entrance.
  • There are a few steps which will bring you to Ground level – a chair lift is available if required.
  • Access to the James McCune Smith room is via the Collectors office door.
  • There is a fully accessible toilet on Ground level within the Collectors office.
  • The main access to toilet facilities is on the 2nd floor, a lift is available for those who prefer.

Public transport:

  • Queen Street Railway station is less than 1 minute walk away, across the road.
  • Central Railway Station is approximately 5- 7 minutes’ walk.
  • Buchanan Street Bus Station is approximately 5- 7 minutes’ walk.
  • The nearest subway station is Buchanan Street.

Q-Park discount code

The discount code is MERCHANTSG and it’s now live.

This will give you 20% off at Candleriggs, Jamaica Street, Sauchiehall Street, and St Enoch’s when they pre-book. Please click here for the how-to guide for booking.

Q-Park Jamaica Street - 8 minutes' walk

    • 493 spaces (18 disabled spaces)
    • Opens 24/7

Q-Park Sauchiehall Street - 8 minutes' walk

    • 372 spaces (11 disabled spaces)
    • 4 EV chargers
    • Opens 24/7

Q-Park St Enoch - 9 minutes' walk

    • 360 spaces (18 disabled spaces)
    • 4 EV chargers
    • Opens 24/7

Please note: you will not have access to your car outside of operation hours. You can leave your car overnight, but you will not be able to access it.

Organised by

The Railway Civil Engineers Association

The Railway Civil Engineers Association

The RCEA promotes professional development and knowledge transfer in railway engineering with areas of interest including main line, metros, London Underground and light rail.


18:00 - 18:10

Welcome and RCEA introduction

18:10 - 18:15

Event introduction

18:15 - 19:15

Installation of 5,000t Ravenscraig Rail Bridge - David Wallace, Network Rail and Stuart Chalmers, Network Rail

19:15 - 19:30

Q&A session


Meeting closed


For more information please contact:

Elira Alushi

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