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Timelapse video shows Newport bridge lift

20 Sep 16 Weldex deployed a 600-tonne capacity crawler crane over the weekend to lift in a new bridge deck over the railway in Newport.

Liebherr LR1600 precisely places the new bridge deck
Liebherr LR1600 precisely places the new bridge deck

Network Rail has posted timelapse footage showing the operation, which is part of works to electrify the South Wales Mainline.

The big Liebherr LR1600 lattice-boom crane, deployed by Weldex, lifted and installed the new bridge deck in the early hours of Saturday morning (17th September 2016).

The installation was a critical milestone in the project to replace the old Bridge Street structure.

Network Rail programme manager Karl Gilmore said, “The upgrade work we completed this weekend as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan to deliver a bigger, better railway for passengers was focused on five bridges in Cardiff and Newport.

“This work was a crucial element in preparing the South Wales Mainline for electrification and over 100 of our orange army worked day and night to successfully complete all the vital milestones we set out to achieve over this 56 hour period.”

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