An impressive time-lapse video has been released that shows the demolition and replacement of Siddick bridge at the Port of Workington in Cumbria.
The Network Rail video shows how excavators demolished the old bridge and Kirow rail cranes installed its replacement between 1-3 May 2021.
The next phase of the project will see the new concrete bridge completed and surfaced ready for the thousands of vehicles needing access to the important port – approximately half a million tonnes of cargo is transported in and out of Workington each year.
In the meantime, a footbridge for pedestrians has already been installed and a temporary level crossing over the railway will allow vehicles to continue to access to the Port of Workington throughout construction.
The work has been carefully planned to cause minimal disruption to passenger and freight services.
Keith Little, Cumbria County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “I’m pleased to see work progressing on site as the current bridge is stifling growth at the port.
“The replacement road and footbridge will be a huge improvement and is a vital part of the redevelopment of the port, helping to get people and goods where they need to be, as well as boosting transport and connectivity links.
“By working in partnership with Network Rail, the Port of Workington and local businesses and residents, the project to redevelop this site will benefit the local community for generations to come.”
The major project began at the end of 2020 and is due to be complete this summer.