THIS WEEK IN 1973: Traffic stopped as a rail bridge was swung into place

The Anglsea Road rail bridge is put in place

The Anglsea Road rail bridge is put in place

March 1962 and a naval rating signals Halt to more conventional traffic as the Saunders-Roe SRN1 crosses the seafront at Lee-on-the-Solent and returns to HMS Ariel, now the site of the Hovercraft Museum. Roles such as anti-submarine warfare, air-sea rescue and mine countermeasures were foreseen.						                                Pictures courtesy Amberley Publishing

Spotlight hovers over Lee-on-the-Solent museum

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Traffic had to be diverted and London train services stopped short at Portsmouth and Southsea station while a new railway bridge was swung into position over Anglesea Road.

Anglesea Road, St Michael’s Road and Park Road were closed to motorists, as a number of spectators gathered near the former Victoria Baths to watch the 450-ton structure swing gingerly into place.

A temporary bridge had served train services going to the Harbour station since the previous December, but at this weekend, passengers finished their journeys in especially-provided buses.

The bridge was built in sections at Scunthorpe and transported to Portsmouth, where it was assembled.

Made of girders with a concrete and composite steel deck, the bridge was lifted into place by two 10-ton winches.

The bridge, which stillstands today, carries two tracks to and from the Harbour.

Calls have been made to rebuild the pedestrian bridge which once stood alongside it after it was destroyed by a vehicle exceeding height limits about 12 years ago.

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