Skanska installs largest single-span railway bridge in the West Midlands

Press release 09/05/2022 12:00 CET

Bridge 13 on the Stechford to Aston (SAS) rail line was installed on 7 May 2022.

Skanska installs SAS13 bridge on 7 May 2022

Skanska working in partnership with Network Rail and HS2 reached a key milestone of the bridge replacement programme when the 2,600-tonne steel and concrete structure was driven into position.

The bridge was pre-assembled in a compound adjacent to the existing railway lines before 18 Self Propelled Modular Transporters (SPMTs) moved the structure into place. The installation period took just under three hours to complete.

Constructing the bridge onsite reduced carbon emissions and cut the number of lorry movements on local roads, therefore minimising the impact on the local community.

Patrick Cawley, director for ‘On Network Works’ for HS2 and Network Rail, said: “Moving this 2,600 tonne bridge into place was no mean feat and the new structure will ensure Britain’s new zero-carbon, high-speed railway HS2 works in harmony with the existing rail routes into the second city.

“Huge amounts of planning and effort went into this complex bridge move and I’d like to pay tribute to all of those who’ve worked so hard to bring this impressive structure to Birmingham’s skyline.”

Rosario Barcena, Skanska Rail programme director, said: “This is a significant milestone on the project that will improve connectivity and pave the way for the HS2 route into Birmingham City Centre.

“It’s been a complex project from a design and engineering perspective but thanks to the collaborative approach, involving Network Rail, HS2, our supply chain and local community, we have achieved this successful outcome.

“I would like to thank all of the teams who have played an integral role in making this happen.”

Click here to watch the time-lapse of the bridge being installed.