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Morgan Sindall plc completes railway bridge milestone on Crewe Green Link Road project

A photograph of the 30-metre railway bridge being manoeuvred into place

Morgan Sindall plc has successfully installed a new railway bridge as part of the Crewe Green Link Road project it is carrying out for customer Cheshire East Council.

Weighing in at a phenomenal 2,000 tonnes, the 30-metre bridge on the Crewe to Derby railway line was carefully maneuvered into place during a 54 hour operation over the Easter weekend and was the culmination of three months of construction.

Two computer controlled, multi-axle ALE Self-Propelled Modular Transporters with 128 wheels on either side, were needed to take the weight of the bridge and carry it towards the railway line before lowering it into place.

The bridge installation is a key milestone in the construction of the 0.7-mile road which, once complete, will run between the A500 Hough-Shavington bypass and the A5020 – creating an alternate bypass for Crewe and improving access to the A500 and M6. It will also help unlock the potential of two major employment sites at Basford and help facilitate the creation of up to 12,500 jobs over 20 years.

Gary Crisp, highways director at Morgan Sindall, said: “The bridge will allow the new road to pass underneath the railway line and installation was meticulously planned to coincide with a weekend rail possession.

Time was of the essence, but our previous experience on similarly challenging projects and collaborative working with our customer and other key stakeholders helped to ensure that we were able to complete the works by 4am, ready for the first train of Easter Monday at 6.45am.”

Caroline Simpson, executive director of economic growth and prosperity at Cheshire East Council, said: “This was a very complex operation and required all hands to the pump. Our contractor Morgan Sindall did an excellent job in ensuring this key stage in the project was completed successfully and on time.

“The Council is pleased that work is progressing well on the road and, once complete, it will allow traffic to move around Crewe rather than directly through the town centre and Nantwich Road.”

Work on Crewe Green Link Road started at the end of August 2014 and is due to be completed by the end of this year. It is one of a number of projects to support Crewe’s economic development over the next 20 years and will benefit residents and businesses.