Wishbone Bridge, Midland Metro Line 1, Wolverhampton, UK

Civil and structural design
Percy Thomas
End Client:
Altram (Ansaldo Transport, Laing Civil [Engineering])
Civic Trust Awards 2000

The Wishbone Bridge forms a gateway structure at the Wolverhampton end of the Light Rail System link with Birmingham. The deck consists of two elements either side of a split spine steel arch which rises out of their centre and traverses the deck to found on their extremity.

The suspended arch spans 40 m with a 20 m secondary span providing an aesthetic balance. The foundations to all three spine arch supports are bored piles with rock sockets formed in sandstone.

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