This construct only scheme involved the construction of a twin span steel footbridge and approach earth ramps to replace an existing user worked level crossing that was used by up to 3000 cyclists per day.

Installation of “adder fencing” and ecological surveylance in advance of the main works

Site clearance – vegetation removal, tree felling, stump removal

Installation of reinforced earth approach ramps totaling in excess of 10,000m3 of imported material

Installation of 2no. modified LM type footbridge spans on precast concrete bank seats using a 500t crane

Installation of bespoke hardwood timber and steel handrails/parapets

Resin bound surfacing installation

Management of NR UWC (user worked crossing) throughout the works

When tendered the scheme was yet to receive formal planning consent. MPB offered solutions to aid with the planning constraints in terms of access, ecological constraints, construction methodology and interfaces with the highway and general public. During the construction process MPB worked closely with local residents, NR operational staff and cyclists/pedestrians using the level crossing to ensure construction works were seamlessly integrated with the daily activities in the area. MPB utilised expertise and experience in working on UWCs to develop safe working strategies to satisfy the local operations teams ensuring that safety was maintained during increased use of the crossing. Again, applying the knowledge and experience of previous schemes to increase the efficiency and safety of future schemes.

The scheme was located in a site of specific scientific interest (SSSI) and an area of outstanding natural beauty (ANOB) and careful planning and management of stakeholders was required. The scheme involved constructing reinforced earth approach ramps and installing two footbridge spans to allow for pedestrians and cyclists and horses. The scheme has been nominated for a contribution to communities award


Cannock Chase, Midlands


Network Rail (Walsall MBC funded)


£1-2 million