Measuring 46 metres (in length) and weighing 640 tonnes, the new steel Lenton Lane Bridge, is the second of five impressive structures to be installed by Taylor Woodrow Alstom, as part of the Nottingham Express Transit (NET) extension to Chilwell via the QMC and Beeston and Clifton via Wilford.
Over a period of four months, the bridge has been constructed in a site compound at the nearby Lenton Lane Industrial Estate. It has now been driven into position using four 40-wheel vehicles called Self Propelled Modular Transporters (SPMTs). The SPMTs drove the bridge across the railway and lifted it up onto concrete supports either side of the tracks.
The drive-in installation was carefully planned to coincide with scheduled Network Rail engineering works between Derby and Nottingham to minimise disruption to rail passengers.
Martin Carroll, NET Phase Two Project Director for Taylor Woodrow Alstom, said:
“With this work, the Structures team has met another key milestone. Only two weeks ago the team handled the Station Bridge launch and has now used another technically challenging technique to position this bridge. They worked in three shifts over the possession of the railway line, which was meticulously planned to be carried out in 15 minute increments, to ensure we handed back the track before the rail possession ends.”
Councillor Jane Urquhart, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Transport at Nottingham City Council, added:
“Lenton Lane Bridge marks another significant milestone in the project to deliver a world-class tram network for Nottingham.
“Not only is the NET extension providing a fast, reliable and sustainable alternative to the car, but it is also boosting the local economy, creating jobs and employment opportunities and transforming key areas of the city and beyond.”
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