24th Nov, 2020

HS2: New 45m bridge to be installed over the A446 in Solihull this Saturday - watch how!

THE SECOND of four bridges at HS2’s new net zero carbon Interchange Station in Solihull is to be installed this Saturday (October 24).

This next major engineering feat sees the transportation of a 45 metre modular bridge deck weighing 908 tonne, manoeuvred into place over the A446 in Solihull by a 128-wheel hydraulic platform.

The bridge will form part of the major remodelling of the local road network to improve the circulation of traffic around the new high speed railway, while integrating the existing network with the new Interchange Station.

Traditional bridge construction methods would normally require several weeks of road closures, followed by additional weekend and overnight closures.

But this latest engineering innovation will allow for a speedier, safer and more efficient delivery. A similar procedure conducted earlier this year on the same site was completed in less than two days, allowing the M42 motorway to open 22 hours ahead of schedule.

Sections of the A452 Chester Road and A446 Stonebridge Road will be closed for the weekend of October 23 – 26 while the work is being carried out.

Once the Interchange Station is completed it will become the heart of the HS2 network, bringing the West Midlands within an hour’s commute of Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, York and London.

The station itself has recently received planning permission from Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and will be net zero carbon – becoming the world’s first railway station to receive a BREEAM Outstanding award for its environmental design. This also places Interchange Station in the top 1% of buildings in the UK for eco-friendly credentials.

You can watch a short video about the bridge move here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?edufilter=NULL&feature=emb_logo&v=W62NQXkUhg0

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