Network Rail has released a timelapse video showing the installation of a footbridge at the new Cambridge North railway station.
The 26m footbridge was lifted into position by a 700 tonne crane and installed in two sections. It links all three platforms to the new ticket office, lift shafts and stairwells.
Each section was built on site and lifted into position last weekend.
Work has been undertaken to build the track, points, structures to carry the overhead line and power supply. Once completed, the station will have three platforms, parking for 450 vehicles and 1,000 cycles, and solar panels will provide up to 10% of the station’s power.
The £50M station is due to open in May 2017 as part of Network Rail’s Upgrade Plan and will help ease pressure on the existing Cambridge station.
It will serve Cambridge Science Park and the suburb of Chesterton and will attract new businesses to the area as well providing a catalyst to expansion of existing businesses, in addition to creating more employment opportunities.
Helen Warnock, Network Rail’s Area Director for west Anglia, said: “It’s been all hands to the pump on site over the last few months to build the lift shafts and station buildings, and this bridge links all of those together so you can really see the station taking shape.
“All of our work here is gearing up to provide that vital link to the north of the city when the station opens next year, and to support the growth of the local economy as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan.”
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail’s investment plan for Britain’s railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail’s £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era.
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