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East London line bridge slides across tracks

Contractors slid a huge steel truss bridge over the Great Eastern Railway in London during the bank holiday weekend, using a complex system of cables and jacks.

It took eight hours to install the 80m long 1,800t structure above the approach to Liverpool Street station. The bridge, known as GE19, is the second of three bridges to be installed in quick succession by main contractor Balfour Beatty/Carillion joint venture as part of the East London Line project.

Designed by consultants Scott Wilson and Benaim, GE19 was erected and launched by steel fabricator Fairfield Mabey.

The East London Line project is a £1bn Transport for London (TfL) project to upgrade and extend the existing line to the north and south.

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