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M42 bridge demolition (Video: HS2)

A team of 20 demolition specialists from Solihull-based firm Armac Demolition worked around the clock to remove a 4,000-tonne two-span bridge over the M42 to make way for the HS2 railway in the West Midlands.

Eight 50-tonne and two 40-tonne excavators were used to remove the 40m long, 10m wide bridge during a planned 56-hour closure of the motorway.

Six articulated dumper trucks transported the excavated material to a local stockpile. It will then be crushed and reused on HS2’s haul roads and working areas.

Armac was subcontracted to undertake the work by main contractor Balfour Beatty Vinci.

The motorway was reopened 14 hours ahead of schedule, according to HS2.

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