Ballure Bridge carries the Manx Electric Railway over Ballure Glen, Isle of Man, spanning some 50m in total. The bridge was constructed in 1899 using wrought iron and Bessemer steel. In 2010 a Principal Inspection was carried out by Burroughs which identified a total failure of the coating and significant section loss.
Burroughs identified the repairs necessary and working closely with the Client, developed new bespoke track support systems and specification aimed to adequately repair the structure and reduce the future maintenance requirements. In addition it was decided that the renewal of the track and road crossing immediately adjacent the structure would be carried out in conjunction with the bridge refurbishment. The works are expected to give a lifespan of 25 years before any major refurbishment is required. The scheme as a whole represents a significant reduction in terms of overall maintenance cost.
This was a highly successful scheme, completed on programme and within budget. Subsequently, the scheme has received awards for Best Project of the Year from both the Light Rail Industry and the Institute of Civil Engineers (North West region).