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A new concrete deck weighing 130t was lifted into place on a rail bridge in Gillingham, Kent, last weekend. The new deck replaces a wrought iron structure dating back more than 100 years and sits on the existing abutments. Railtrack says the £500,000 operation will enable it to lift speed restrictions that previously applied over the original structure. Main contractor Geoffrey Osborne constructed the new deck close to the bridge and moved it into position using a specialised lifting vehicle during Saturday afternoon and evening.

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