CAN were appointed to undertake the refurbishment of a high level pedestrian walkway (dating from 1851) over the River Eden in Cumbria, part of a Grade I listed major rail bridge, and forming an
important access route for the local community linking two halves of the village.

Works comprised removal and replacement of the existing timber foot boards and the removal of all existing coatings on the supporting cantilever framework.

In order to diminish the effects of any airborne debris, needle guns and tungsten scrapers were used for paint removal rather than grit blasting to ensure no detrimental effect was suffered by the surrounding environment.

CAN employed its bespoke lightweight CAN-Span access cradle with habitat system to capture all loose material and any drops of paint. Used in conjunction with rope access techniques the works had no effect upon the adjacent railway line which remained open throughout.

Upon the completion of the painting works, a new bearing plinth made of recycled plastic was installed with the original deck timbers laid onto the top of this for extra protection. New timber was supplemented where necessary.

Duration:        12 Weeks

Client:             Amey PLC

Location:       Wetheral, Cumbria