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Concrete reconstructions

Concrete has been used extensively for reconstruction or repair of old structures.

Pluckley Road bridge, Charing Pluckley Road bridge, Charing, photographed on 28th July 2007.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

 
Station Road bridge, Staplehurst, photographed on 21st October 2007.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

Station Road bridge, Staplehurst

Concrete segments are often used for reconstructing arch bridges, in order to give better clearance. This may be necessary in connection with overhead electrification or to enable larger freight containers to be used. Many bridges on the routes to the Channel Tunnel have been enlarged in this way, including Pluckley Road bridge, Charing (above left) and Station Road bridge, Staplehurst (above right).

Mill Road bridge, Patcham Mill Road bridge, Patcham, photographed on 6th October 2007.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

It is less usual for underbridges to be rebuilt in this way. However, the former brick arch bridge at Mill Road, Patcham has been.

Cowslip Lane, Box Hill & Westhumble, photographed on 26th April 2009.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

Cowslip Lane, Boxhill & Westhumble
 
Cowslip Lane, Boxhill & Westhumble Cowslip Lane, Box Hill & Westhumble.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

A series of small underbridges near between Leatherhead and Dorking have had their decks renewed with pre-cast concrete components. This bridge spans Cowslip Lane, north of Box Hill & Westhumble.

Folkestone Harbour viaduct, photographed on 28th July 2007.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

Folkestone Harbour viaduct

This arch at Folkestone Harbour has been strengthened by the addition of concrete segments inside the original brick rings.

Bridge 70A, South Croydon Bridge 70A, South Croydon, photographed on 10th August 2009.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

Bridge 70A, Croham Road, South Croydon has been strengthened with the two inner arch rings replaced in concrete. This is the original London & Brighton Railway bridge, which now carries the slow lines.

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