In partnership with J Murphy & Sons, Ainscough Crane Hire has replaced a bridge at Warrington Bank Quay station in the UK.

Ainscough and J Murphy

The work formed part of Network Rail’s GBP2.85 million (USD3.88 million) Great North Rail project, which includes a series of upgrades to the railway network across the north of England.

The work saw existing twin-track railway lines, a steel underbridge, and padstones replaced with new precast concrete cills, two weathering steel u-decks and four approach units. The bridge track panels were upgraded with new concrete sleepers.

Each u-deck weighed 146 tonnes and had an overall span length of 24.6 m. These were some of the largest non-standard u-decks constructed in recent times, said Ainscough.

Ainscough deployed its Terex Demag TC2800-1 crane during the bridge reconstruction, assisted with Murphy’s on-track plant.