Bridge sections delivered safely to site as work continues on the new Link Road to the M6

Bridge sections that will form the new bridge structure known as Folly Railway Bridge have been delivered to the Costain construction site off Barley Cop Lane.

The eight deliveries each 21metres long were delivered to the site last week over two nights after 11pm with little fuss and avoiding peak traffic.

Work is well on the way to weld the sections together so that they form four “pairs” of beams 42metres in length. They will then be dressed with permanent formwork on the ground to make a lift weight of 157tonnes.

The lifts of the bridge sections will take place as part of overnight railway possessions on the 22nd and 29th November subject to weather conditions. Engineers will be on site from 8pm to 8am Sunday morning, to oversee the operations.

A Sarens Liebherr LG1550 crane with Lattice Jib capable of lifting 250tonnes has arrived on site to lift the bridge sections in over the vacant west-coast railway line.

Costain Project Director Andrew Langley said, “The aim on each night is to lift in two 42m sections and then join them together with the cross bracing. Weather plays a big part in the success of these operations.

I’d like to thank the residents of Barley Cop Lane for their co-operation in allowing us to get these extremely large sections delivered to site without any notable problems, Barley Cop Lane was the only available route and residents rallied to keep one side of the road clear for the oversized vehicles carrying the sections”

Costain will set up a viewing area for interested parties to the south of the bridge and east of the railway line, just off Barley Cop Lane. Sensible observers are very welcome to come see the operations on the night, and they’re encouraged to bring a thermos!