Bridges and tunnels pose a major challenge for an electrification scheme since catenary may not suit the original gauging to fit underneath the bridge. In an effort to counteract this problem and as part of the electrification programme, FutureRailway, Network Rail and the Department for Transport have launched a £3M competition to help develop technology enabled solutions which address the avoidance of bridge reconstruction.
Ideas are being supported from a wide range of sectors including transport, civil engineering, electrical engineering, design and construction to develop novel methods of increasing the clearance below the bridge whilst avoiding reconstruction, minimising the cost of the works and disruption to the service beneath and across the bridge.
Ideally, the submissions will set out to prove 100% funding for feasibility studies which support the avoidance of bridge reconstruction. The competition closing date is 5pm on Friday 2 May 2014.