ALE performed a time-critical double bridge replacement in Newcastle, UK, for the Tyne and Wear Metro. The system serves 36 million passengers each year and the vital bridge replacements will help to ensure the infrastructure’s long-term future.
The bridge replacements at Beach Road in Tynemouth and Burnside Road in Cullercoats required ALE to first remove the old bridges, weighing 55t, then install the new ones, weighing 200t.
The operation was on a tight schedule, with ALE having a 52-hour possession to perform each bridge replacement over consecutive weekends. It was crucial that the two operations were completed within the possession period to ensure disruption was minimised.