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Black Bridge: an exceptional bridge lift in a remote rural location

Event organised by ICE

20 October 2022

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This presentation will focus on the following key aspects of the project:

  • The impact of weather events upon the railway and how this project has mitigated these effects
  • Delivery of the project in accordance with the Network Rail PACE and SPEED initiatives
  • The collaborative nature of the project involving various Network Rail Client, Project Management and Internal Design teams and members of its supply chain working closely together to deliver the project successfully
  • Successful stakeholder management from project inception to completion
  • The integration of Permanent and Temporary Works design to simplify a technically challenging project and explanation of how this was delivered in a confined site


Kevin Giles IEng MICE

Kevin Giles IEng MICE

Network Rail

senior asset engineer

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Kevin Giles IEng MICE

Kevin is the Senior Asset Engineer for Structures within the Wales Route, Network Rail. He joined British Rail, in February 1980 and has worked in the railway industry for 42 years. Upon privatisation of British Rail in 1995, he joined Railtrack PLC, Great Western as the Structures Assistant managing the inspection and maintenance of a variety of structures including the Severn Tunnel and Barmouth Viaduct.

In November 2011, following the creation of a single Wales Route, Kevin became the Senior Asset Engineer for Network Rail Wales managing nine Asset Engineers across the Principality, overseeing the stewardship of approximately 10,000 assets.

With the re-merger of Wales and Western Routes into one Region in 2020, Kevin has taken on the role of Assurance Engineer ensuring the Asset Engineers within the team comply with Standards within which Network Rail operates. He continues however to manage coastal assets and structures spanning watercourses in Wales.

Andrew Sorley

Andrew Sorley


regional engineering manager

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Andrew Sorley

Andrew Sorley is Regional Engineering Manager for AmcoGiffen. He has been responsible for the delivery of various railway structures and geotechnical renewals projects in Wales since 1996 whilst working for Alfred McAlpine, Carillion and AmcoGiffen.

For more information please contact:

Eleanor Kelman