Video | Balfour JV completes heaviest UK bridge drive

HS2 has completed the UK’s heaviest drive to install an intersection bridge structure beneath the West Coast Main Line (WCML) at Fulfen Wood near Lichfield.

The works have been carried out by main contractor Balfour Beatty Vinci joint venture.

The 56m-long and 19m-wide structure will allow the high-speed railway to pass beneath the existing railway line on its route going north of Birmingham Curzon Street Station to Crewe.

It has taken six months to build the giant 6,200-tonne concrete structure adjacent to the WCML. It was slowly manoeuvred into place on self-propelled modular transporters.

The 840-wheeled transporter was specially designed for very heavy lifting and controlled by a remote steering system.

HS2 staff removed the railway track and excavated more than 15,000 cu m of material to create the space for the structure to be moved into.

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