New tram bridge to be installed in Lenton this weekend
STATE-of-the-art transporters will drive a new tram bridge over the railway and into position in Lenton this weekend.
Measuring 46 metres in length and weighing 640 tonnes, the new steel Lenton Lane Bridge is the second of five structures to be installed by Taylor Woodrow Alstom as part of the Nottingham Express Transit (NET) extension to Chilwell via the QMC and Beeston and Clifton via Wilford.
Over a period of four months, the bridge has been constructed in a site compound at the nearby Lenton Lane Industrial Estate.
It is now ready to be driven into position using four 40-wheel vehicles called Self Propelled Modular Transporters (SPMTs).
The SPMTs will drive the bridge across the railway and lift it up onto concrete supports either side of the tracks.
Trains will be suspended while this work is carried out at the Lenton South Junction of the railway.
The drive-in installation has been planned to coincide with scheduled Network Rail engineering works between Derby and Nottingham to minimise disruption to rail passengers.