The Balfour Beatty Vinci JV has completed construction of a 25m-long and 18m-wide bridge deck for HS2 near Lichfield, Staffordshire.
The “marathon” operation involved excavating 14,000 tonnes of earth, building a 140m retaining wall and moving the 2,600-tonne bridge deck 130m into place under the South Staffordshire freight railway.
The work was carried out during a 10-week blockade. It was completed by HS2’s civils contractor in the West Midlands, Balfour Beatty Vinci, and designer Mott MacDonald as part of a Design Joint Venture with Systra, together with teams from 18 specialist supply chain companies.
The overbridge sits within HS2’s Streethay cutting and will enable HS2 trains to travel under the existing railway between Birmingham and Crewe.