Contractors have lifted the new footbridge into place over the River Irwell as part of the ongoing Ordsall Chord project to increase rail capacity through Manchester and Salford.
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The work is being carried out on behalf of Network Rail by Skanska and Bam Nuttall, assisted by AmeySersa and Siemens.
The footbridge installed this week replaced the old Princes Bridge which was removed earlier in the year. The major civil engineering works straddles Trinity Way next to English Cities Fund’s New Bailey and Scarborough’s Middlewood Locks developments.
People using the new footbridge after work is completed at the end of 2017 will be able to see the grade one-listed Stephenson bridge, dating back to 1830, up close for the first time in 150 years. Work on the restoration of the Stephenson bridge is one of the next stages.
The Ordsall Chord will connect Manchester Victoria and Piccadilly train stations for the first time and help reduce congestion at Piccadilly. The chord will also open direct links to Manchester Airport from across the North.
Patrick Cumming, Skanska project manager, said: “The Ordsall Chord footbridge installation is a major milestone achievement for the construction team. The bridge was fabricated at the workshops and then dismantled and sent to site in sections to be re-erected on some very comprehensive temporary works. The temporary works involved construction of a concrete pad to take steel trestles all fabricated to the exact orientation and final levels of the structure so that it replicated the final position of the bridge when it was placed. The whole installation was successfully achieved due to the positive collaboration of all parties involved – Skanska, BAM Nuttall, AmeySersa, Siemens and Network Rail.
“It’s fantastic that we have a structure set against the historic Stephenson’s Bridge, building history for future generations to enjoy the old and the new.”
The footbridge design was developed by the project team including BDP, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Aecom and Mott MacDonald.
Peter Jenkins, director at BDP, said: “George Stephenson’s Bridge is now visible for the first time in over 150 years. This historic bridge and its adjoining structures will be celebrated for their character and importance rather than neglected and disused as they were prior to construction.”
The first arch of the new rail network arch bridge is also under construction and currently on site.
The work is part of Network rail’s £1bn Northern Hub investment in the railway in the North of England.