Case Study


June 28, 2020


Holland Lane


Holland Lane East Bridge Demolition


Railway bridge demolition; waste and environmental management; concrete cutting and sawing

Project duration

52 hour window of full access. Project completed after 27 hours


Econ was called in to demolish the Holland Lane East road bridge, which passes over the railway tracks on the Oxted to Edenbridge line. Because of the need to minimise disruption to train services Econ were allowed a 52 hour window of access to the rail and road site and immediate surroundings. Using a powerful mix of robotic excavators and traditional demolition excavators Econ were able to apply concentrated machine and manpower to complete the operation within the tight deadline. Concrete cutters and track saws were also employed along with a telescopic crane to remove materials quickly and safely for transportation to recycling plants.

Staffing requirements

Military precision and planning was required to ensure that all works were handled safely and speedily to minimise disruption to rail services and the immediate areas surrounding the bridge. Staff employed on the project included: Network Rail PTS Sentinel; PTS CCDO; PTS CPCS.

Equipment/Plant Used

500t mobile crane; concrete cutting equipment including wire, track and hand saws; remote controlled Brokk excavators; 13 tonne and 5tonne excavators.

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“We were impressed with the approach used by you operation team to carry out the works both professional and diligently. Econ were very accommodating to meet our needs from the initial presentations prepared on strategy to mitigate risks and throughout execution of the works and keeping us fully informed and giving us the confidence we needed. The approach of Econ Site supervisors and visiting managers through to operatives on site was always of a high standard and good-natured and we are pleased to give credit where it is due. On site initiatives by the team from demonstrations /videos of emergency procedures when working in asbestos enclosures and working with consistent site uniforms contributed to the site achieving a Kier ‘Blue’ for best practice and working above standards. This was an excellent example of collaborative working and a joint approach to promptly overcome some of the challenges with asbestos and how best to deal with this along with working near challenging neighbours’ properties, the school and the church.”

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