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Published on : Friday, July 15, 2016
A milestone in the work to upgrade a Newport city centre bridge in preparation for the new fleet of electric trains was completed last weekend as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan to deliver a bigger, better railway for passengers.Timelapse footage captured the assembly of a 600 tonne crawler crane which was used to lift and remove the main deck of the existing Bridge Street Road Bridge in the early hours of Sunday morning . Network Rail engineers worked to reduce the weight of the bridge deck from 600 tonnes to approximately 235 tonnes so that it could be lifted out in one go.
The bridge lift was a critical milestone in the project to replace the old structure, all part of the preparation work to electrify the South Wales Mainline, a major part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan which will deliver faster, greener, quieter and more reliable train services for passengers.
Karl Gilmore, programme manager for Network Rail said: “Electrifying the railway will provide the growing number of train passengers with faster, greener, quieter, more reliable services and will help to stimulate economic growth by better connecting towns and cities in South Wales and beyond. We would like to thank the public for bearing with us while this essential work is completed.”