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350 tonne bridge launched over rail line at Iver

350 tonne bridge launched over rail line at Iver

A 110 metre long temporary road bridge weighing 350 tonnes has been launched over the Great Western Main Line as part of Crossrail improvement works in the area.

The temporary structure has been installed at Thorney Lane, in Iver, ahead of the demolition of the existing bridge at Christmas.

Both Thorney Lane Bridge and Stoke Poges Bridge in Slough will be demolished at Christmas and replaced with permanent bridges to allow enough room for overhead electric cables to be installed over the tracks on the Great Western Main Line. Crossrail’s new electric trains will be quieter, smoother and more reliable than the existing diesel suburban trains.

Stoke Poges Lane Bridge in Slough will be closed between late November 2014 and April 2015 with traffic redirected along Farnham Road or Stoke Road and William Street.

Matthew White, Surface Director at Crossrail said: “Crossrail will provide a major improvement in public transport for people in the area – better stations, new trains and more comfortable journeys. Passengers will be able to travel right through central London without having to change trains, making it easier and more convenient to get to a range of destinations across the capital and the South East”.

Matthew Steele, Programme Director for Crossrail at Network Rail said: “Crossrail is one of the most important projects that Network Rail is working on and promises to deliver huge improvements to rail transport in Slough, South Buckinghamshire and across the route. The project team are committed to delivering these important works efficiently and in partnership with the local authorities.”

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