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Video | Raising Cardiff Road bridge

Cardiff road bridge demolition 3x2

New video footage has been released capturing a crucial element of the Network Rail project to electrify the South Wales Mainline which will provide faster, greener and more reliable journeys for passengers.

The video shows the part demolition and reconstruction of Cardiff Road bridge in Newport and features the largest telescopic crane in the UK which was used during the works.

The video was filmed from December 2015 until February this year, as engineers raised the height of the bridge to create the necessary room for the overhead wires required to power the new electric trains. The essential electrification work is a major part of Network Rail’s £40bn Railway Upgrade Plan to provide “a bigger, better, more reliable” railway for passengers.

Network Rail Wales programme manager Andrew Griffiths said: “The film demonstrates the scale of the project and the level of work involved.

“We are delighted that we have been able to keep the road open to traffic and pedestrians, minimising disruption. We would like to thank the passengers and the local community for their patience while this essential upgrade work was completed.”

“Electrification will provide a bigger, better, more reliable railway for passengers and improve links from South Wales to major towns and cities, including London.’’

Reconstruction of the bridge continues and work on the approach roads leading to the new bridge structure is ongoing. The single lane traffic management system will remain in place for the duration of the scheme which is due to be completed by late spring.

Facts and figures about the UK’s largest telescopic crane

  • It uses 204t of counterweight, which has to be transported on four heavy vehicles
  • It can lift a medium sized elephant (6.7t) from one end of a football pitch to the other, or 10.0t to a height of over 140m
  • It has 18 wheels and is 22m long
  • When the heaviest lift on site was completed the overall weight of the crane and load was over 400t.

Readers' comments (2)

  • As interesting as the article is what was the capacity of the crane, you do not state this! Was 1000t greater?

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  • Hi Simon, thank you for your comment and sorry it's taken so long to come back to you but i had to go back to Network Rail to check. The crane is a 750t crane (Leibher LTM1750)
    Thanks,
    Katherine

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