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Cranes arrive in Runcorn to aid construction of Mersey Gateway Bridge

Two cranes weighing 137 tonnes when assembled have arrived at Wigg Island by barge

Two large cranes arrive in Runcorn as part of work for the Mersey Gateway Bridge

TWO large cranes have been transported by barge along the Manchester Ship Canal to Runcorn to build a trestle bridge as part of the Mersey Gateway Project.

The machines – which measure 47 metres high and weigh 137 tonnes when fully assembled – have been taken to Wigg Island after being transported from the Liverpool Docks.

They will be used to build a temporary trestle bridge across the river to provide construction workers with access to the estuary so they can start work on building the Mersey Gateway Bridge, which will be tolled when it opens in 2017.

Stephen Cardwell, project director for the Merseylink Construction Joint Venture, said: “Being able to use a historic local waterway to transport our construction equipment has been of great benefit to both the project and the community.

“We have been able to use a sustainable transport method, which in turn, has reduced the need for large, slow-moving equipment on the local roads. This forms part of our overall mixed transport strategy and we will be using the waterways to transport more materials in the future.”

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