On 10th April 2019 the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham suddenly and without notice announced that Hammersmith Bridge was closed to all traffic due to urgent concerns about its structural integrity. To anyone familiar with the bridge or its history the surprise must be that it had taken so long for this almost inevitable event to happen. Behind it lies a story of the failure to properly monitor the structure and fund repairs in a timely manner which in turn tells of the failure of ...
As long as railways have existed, the threat of disaster has never been far away. But as trains have become faster and more sophisticated, the techniques, methods and systems put in place to prevent and mitigate potential disasters have also become more complex. International Railway Journal’s David Burroughs looks at how railways around the world are building resilience and recovery measures into their networks. It can only take seconds for disasters to strike, but their effect on railway ...
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