Video | Balfour Beatty lifts final beam for Ebbsfleet bridge
Balfour Beatty has lifted the final beam into place for a new bridge that will connect Ebbsfleet Garden City in Kent with Ebbsfleet International station.
Work on the £16m bridge started in May last year and is due to be complete and open to the public in spring 2020.
With the final sections of steel in place for the bridge, a concrete deck, road surfacing and utilities will be installed.
Nick Osborne, Balfour Beatty Regional director of operations in the south of England, said: “With the final steel girders now secured in place, we look forward to the local community experiencing the extensive benefits of the bridge next year.
“The delivery of this exciting milestone is testament to the skills and expertise of our dedicated team and supply chain who are proud to be creating a positive legacy for the travelling public in Ebbsfleet.”
Julia Gregory, director of projects with Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, said: “Not only does this bridge cross a river but it is also next to the High Speed line so you can imagine the engineering precision and skill that went into every stage of planning. Engineers work within only a few millimetres to ensure the steel beams fitted correctly
“When it is open, the bridge will provide an easy route on a dedicated walking lane for residents of Springhead Park who want to leave their car at home and get to Ebbsfleet International.
“It will also provide a cycle track and access for all vehicles including a new Fastrack bus route.”
Ebbsfleet Garden City now has 1,700 homes with approximately 4,000 new residents.