4,000 tonne bridge in place at Port of Immingham
Posted on: 06/01/2016

A 4,000 tonne bridge was slid into place underneath the railway line at the Port of Immingham over Christmas, with 100 contractors from Highways England working from Christmas Eve to Bank Holiday Monday to complete the project in time.

The project was part of Highways England aim to improve access to one of the country’s busiest ports; with a £88.4m funding, contractors installed the bridge at Rosper Road under the railway line, which carries freight trains between the Port of Immingham and Ulceby. The complex engineering involved removing 20,000 tonnes of earth from the existing rail embankment, so that the bridge could be moved into position by four hydraulic jacks weighing more than five tonnes each.

After construction of the bridge started in July, Highways England took possession of the site from Network Rail on Christmas Eve with 76 hours to complete the work. The first freight train travelled over the bridge on 30th December.

 

Roads minister Andrew Jones said: “This impressive engineering feat is an important step towards improving access to this major UK port and is part of the government’s record £15bn Road Investment Strategy.

”Immingham is vital to the regional and national economy, and the government is determined that both thrive as part of our long-term economic plan. I look forward to the completed road scheme supporting the port’s continued growth, improving the lives of those in the surrounding communities and boosting connectivity across the UK.”

The work has been deemed a ‘major milestone’ towards the government’s five year road investment strategy, and were also able to upgrade a three mile section of the A160 between the A180 and the port to a dual carriageway along its entire length.

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