27 July 2001
27 July 2001
An innovative new bridge with a deck made from glass reinforced plastic and surfaced with recycled tyres means pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders will be able to cross the road in safety. The ground-breaking National Cycle Network Millennium Bridge at Halgavor in the UK was officially opened by Transport Minister David Jamieson last week.
The GBP565,000 bridge, links Bodmin with the National Trust's property at Lanhydrock and Bodmin Parkway railway station and forms part of the 180 mile Cornish Way developed by Cornwall County Council for Sustrans. It is one of only eight millennium bridges to be built in the UK on the National Cycle Network. and is the first of its type to be funded publicly and built over a trunk road.
The innovative GRP decking was fabricated at the Vosper Thornycroft shipyard in Southampton. It was delivered to the site and slotted into place in one piece during a 24 hour road closure in January. Mr Jamieson said: This is an innovative suspension bridge, which has combined new ideas with environmental awareness and local people's safety. The Highways Agency, contactor Balfour Beatty, designers Flint and Neill Partnership, architects Wilkinson Eyre and others have all worked together and delivered an exciting and innovative structure with which the project team can be justifiably proud.
The use of composites within the rail industry is predicted to grow by up to 40% between 2015 and 2020 according to the Composites Leadership Forum, reports Fibrelite, a UK manufacturer of composite trench covers.
Plasan Carbon Composites (PCC) has been awarded a contract to produce the first composite ramps and bridgeplates for Amtrak.