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Enabling work for the London section of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link involved a major night time bridge lift at Ford's Dagenham plant earlier this month. Joint venture contractor Alfred McAlpine/Amec slid a 60m long, 116t access bridge structure into place. The operation was carried out as part of a £6M enabling works contract. . .

. . .Meanwhile, on Section 1 in Kent an 800t Mannesman Demag AC2000 was used to crane a 70t temporary bailey bridge into position over the Folkstone-Ashford rail line at Sellindge, Kent.

Main contractor Balfour Beatty deployed the crane at Mersham to remove a 74t footbridge from across the line. CTRL Section 1 is expected to be complete in 2003 and Section 2, through east London, in 2007.

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