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The Trackway_

Pedestrian bridge with steel deck supported on timber columns over the marshland.
New pathway supported on larch columns.
project-type . access infrastructure . client . London Borough of Havering . date . 2007_12 . value . £1,800,000 . status . complete

The Rainham Trackway provides significant improvements to a strategically important pedestrian and cycle route, linking Rainham village to the Thames. It forms a new threshold landmark appropriate to the scale and significance of the landscapes of Rainham marsh. The Trackway provides a new straight‑line walk down to marsh level from the existing bridge across the Eurostar line. The first one hundred and twenty metres of the route is elevated from the ground on a series of raking columns.

The remaining one hundred metres is founded on an earth embankment. Columns are engineered from timber; larch, sourced from eastern Germany. The columns support a composite deck made from steel and pre‑cast concrete with an in‑situ concrete structural topping. Structural engineering design is by Jane Wernick Associates. The main contractor is Volker Fitzpatrick, with steelwork by SH Structures and timber engineering by Peter Bertsche.

Aerial view of the trackway with Rainham marshes, and the river Thames
The Trackway, bottom left, with Rainham marshes and the Thames. image credit Storm Photography.
 
The new path ramps from the Eurostar bridge down to marsh level.
The new path ramps from the Eurostar bridge down to marsh level.
 
The raised part of the trackway connects to a new earth ramp.
The raised part of the trackway connects to a new earth ramp.
 
View towards Rainham marsh from the top of the trackway.
View towards Rainham marsh from the top of the trackway.
 
Pin-jointing of larch columns to deck steelwork.
Pin-jointing of larch columns to deck steelwork.
 
Marsh level view with the Eurostar crossing behind.
Marsh level view with the Eurostar bridge behind.
 
Column cluster with steel mesh guarding at deck level.
Column cluster with steel mesh guarding at deck level.
 
Commuters use the Trackway for access to Rainham Station.
Commuters use the Trackway for access to Rainham Station.
 
Site progress visit by the  Mayor and 'Transport for London' staff, prior to removal of temporary deck supports, December 2011.
Site progress visit by the Mayor and 'Transport for London' staff, prior to removal of temporary deck supports, December 2011.
 
Trackway plan.
Trackway plan.
 
Site assembly of timber columns | pin joints with spherical bearings are used at base and head of each column.
Site assembly of timber columns | pin joints with spherical bearings are used at base and head of each column.
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  The Inner Thames Marshes
. aveley marsh
. marshland discovery zone
. rainham marsh
. rainham bridges
. the trackway
. south thames marshes
. belvedere and crossness
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  Greenspace Strategies
. wildspace masterplan
. east london green grid
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  London Riverside
. dagenham dock
. beam reach
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  Public Realm
. royal docks
all images and text, except where otherwise credited
© Peter Beard_LANDROOM 2020
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