Trains will run as normal this weekend, as the first section of the new footbridge connecting Telford railway station to the town centre is lifted into place.
Work will be taking place between midnight on Saturday (30 June) and 08.30 on Sunday (1 July).
There will no access to or from the station car park during this time and there will fewer parking spaces available overnight. Spaces will still be available at the far end of the car park.
The new bridge, weighing more than seven double decker buses, will require one of Europe’s largest cranes to lift it into place. The southbound side of the A442 approaching the bridge will be closed from Wednesday (27 June) for the crane to be delivered and assembled. The A442 will be closed in both directions during the lift.
Keen engineers and interested residents will be able to watch the lift from a nearby viewing platform or live stream on YouTube.
Richard Brooks, customer experience director at West Midlands Railway said: “As the lift is taking place between the last Saturday and first Sunday services, trains will be unaffected by the work and will run as normal. The new bridge is a vast improvement on the previous one and will create a more accessible and welcoming connection between Telford station and the town centre.”
Councillor Lee Carter, Telford & Wrekin Council cabinet member for finance, commercial services and economic development, said: “These big structures show that this massive and extremely challenging project is really getting off the ground and making great progress. It’s also a reflection of the town’s development and how we are working to improve its infrastructure and gateway to the town centre.
“Anyone who has walked up the current bridge knows how steep and limiting they are. This funding means new lifts are being installed to help people with mobility issues and heavy load, glass panels along the main walkway will protect users from the elements and modern lighting will make a safer environment.”
The extreme weight and height on the lift means the whole operation is highly sensitive to weather conditions, particularly wind. The crane will stay on site until Wednesday 3 July as a contingency plan.
Visit telford.gov.uk/footbridge for further information.
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