Huge bridge beams installed as part of Wellingborough’s Stanton Cross scheme

The beams being installed this weekend
The beams being installed this weekend
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Work to install six huge bridge beams above the railway line as part of the Stanton Cross development has been completed.

These photos show the scale of the bridge beams which form part of the railway bridge at Stanton Cross in Wellingborough.

One of the beams

One of the beams

Paul Soutar, Bovis Homes, operations director, responsible for Stanton Cross, said: “We are delighted that the bridge installation was a success this weekend and I would like to thank the team for their hard work.

“The railway bridge installation is an important milestone for the project and we are all now looking forward to taking the next important steps in the progression of Stanton Cross.”

Each of the six bridge beams is 41m long and weigh more than 30 tonnes each.

The beams have taken four months to produce, with manufacturing of the beams beginning last October.

The work took place this weekend

The work took place this weekend

They were then transported from Nottingham to Doncaster, where they were grit blasted to create the required surface finish, ahead of being delivered to the Stanton Cross site in January.

The beams were assembled on site at the weekend and were lifted into position using an 1,100 tonne crane.

There are only three of these cranes in the whole of the UK.

The rail bridge is located to the north of Wellingborough train station.

One of the beams being lifted into place

One of the beams being lifted into place

It is an integral part of the first major road route into Stanton Cross, Route four.

Route Four will run from Midland Road, across the railway and through a new town and country park into the new development.

Wellingborough Council leader Cllr Martin Griffiths said: “Stanton Cross is so important to Wellingborough and the construction of the bridge signals a renaissance for our borough.

“We have other projects in the pipeline, some big some small, that between them will give a huge boost to our local economy and increase the opportunities for our residents.”

The work is part of the Stanton Cross development

The work is part of the Stanton Cross development