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New bridge for Newport station

Contractor Galliford Try Rail erected a new footbridge at the site of the new £13M Newport station for Network Rail in South Wales over Christmas as part of the redevelopment of the station.

The 45m long, 180t bridge was hoisted in by a 600t crawler crane during a 56 hour possession from 10.30pm on Christmas Eve. Three main bridge sections and five precast sections that formed the stairs and landings were lifted.

Designed to link buildings on either side of the track, the steel bridge is clad in a steel facade and glass panels while its roof is steel and ETFE plastic. Lifts had to be coordinated with the work of 12 engineering trains which were laying track and installing new signalling.

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