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UP AND UNDER

A new 77m long, 2,500t steel bowstring arch crossing was slid into position under the East Coast Main Line over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

During the 76 hour possession, specialist subcontractor Hevilift first slid out the existing understrength Victorian twin steel truss underbridges using twin bar pulling units. It then pushed the single Cass Hayward-designed replacement crossing into place. The realigned track will be much straighter, allowing high speed trains to cross the navigable dyke at speeds of up to 225km/h. Main contractor is Kvaerner, steelwork subcontractor is Cleveland Bridge.

Completion of the £6.5M project is scheduled for December.

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