Ainscough Crane Hire has installed a footbridge in the UK as part of the A13 road widening project.


Manufactured by Briton Fabricators, the footbridge will link the village of Horndon on the Hill with the town of Stanford-le-Hope. Each bridge section had to be transported on its side and then turned 90 degrees using a 300-tonne capacity crane and two 90-tonne capacity cranes.

The three footbridge sections were then positioned in the designated pre-build area, where they were joined together in preparation for the final uplift.

The installation required a 750-tonne capacity crane, as well as additional matting to counteract the differences in carriageway levels. This ensured that the lift took place in balanced conditions.

Andrew Clark, planning and technical support manager for Ainscough Crane Hire’s heavy cranes team, said: “This was a complex lift that required extensive planning. We had to think creatively in order to position and manoeuvre the different elements of the bridge in order to enable installation to take place in a safe and efficient manner.”