Work to move tram bridge over Nottingham train station to start tonight
WORK to move a tram bridge over Nottingham Railway Station will start tonight.
The bridge will be known as the Karlsruhe Friendship Bridge – named after the German town twinned with Nottingham, which has also provided expertise and advice.
The steel bridge is being built in two sections because of its size – it will measure 104 metres in length, 14.5 metres in width and weigh 1,100 tonnes.
The first half has been built on top of four temporary towers in Crocus Street. A team of up to 30 people will push the first half of the bridge the 50 metres to Queens Road towards the railway station.
They will slowly slide the bridge between 8pm and 6am on five consecutive nights.
It is expected to move up to 13 metres per night.
Councillor Jane Urquhart, of Nottingham City Council, said: "It's wonderful to see such a feat of engineering take place.
"When complete, the three connecting bridges at Nottingham Station will become an iconic landmark for the city, and transform how people interchange between tram, train and other public and private forms of transport.
"Local people and businesses are already benefiting from the employment opportunities, with almost 600 people working on the tram extension and new-look railway station."
Martin Carroll, project director for contractors Taylor Woodrow Alstom, described moving the first half of the bridge as a "milestone".
He added: "When complete, the combined bridges will form a landmark structure and become symbolic of the transport system within Nottingham of which the extended tram network is part."
Once the first half of the bridge is put in place over Queens Road, there will be room to start making the second half at the compound in Crocus Street.
The two halves will then be joined together later this year.
Work will also take place to lay a concrete base on the bridge and install the tram tracks and tram stop to Nottingham Station.
This is expected to be carried out early next year.
When complete, the station bridge will connect with two further bridges to be positioned over Station Street and Queens Road.