Carpenters Land Bridge linking new Stratford districts to be installed on Christmas Day
PUBLISHED: 17:00 24 December 2019
A pedestrian and cycle bridge linking the East Bank district to the International Quarter London business development in Stratford will be installed on Christmas Day.
The new Carpenters Land Bridge - measuring 66 metres by 7.2 metres and weighing 350 tonnes - will be positioned across three Network Rail lines, two DLR lines and Carpenters Road.
Civil engineering contractor Graham is taking advantage of the rail network shutdown to minimise disruption.
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Workers will begin in the early hours and aim to install the bridge in time for the Queen's speech at 3pm.
The bridge is formed of a portal frame and bearings, a concrete cill beam and bearings within an existing retaining wall structure.
Graham's civil engineering managing director Leo Martin said: "The team will be putting the bridge in place using a self-propelled modular transporter, rather than the traditional usage of a crane used on similar projects.
"This provides greater certainty to the installation."
The bridge is a key part of the infrastructure for East Bank, a £1.1 billion culture and education district being created on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.