Major bridge opened over railway in Apsley

14 February 2018

Members of the project team, including Bovis Homes Technical Director Chris O'Connor (far right), officially open the bridge.  

A major construction project in Apsley, Hertfordshire has been completed, with the official opening of a brand-new road bridge across the West Coast Main Line at Featherbed Lane. 

The work, carried out by contractor Osborne and house builder Bovis Homes, is part of a wider project to deliver the 325-home Aspen Park development in the town.

The construction of the bridge, which cost in excess of £8 million and was funded by Bovis Homes, will help alleviate congestion in the area and provide capacity for increased traffic flow from the new homes. 

Bovis Homes Regional Technical Director, Chris O'Connor, said: “We're delighted to have completed this technically demanding project that has been a long time in the making. Now that the bridge is open, it will play a vital role in maintaining the flow of traffic into our Aspen Park location, where we are just beginning our next phase of new homes. 

“We'd like to thank Osborne for ensuring that the works were completed successfully, as well as Dacorum Borough Council and Hertfordshire County Council for their support in progressing the project. We'd also like to reserve special praise for the local community, whose understanding and patience throughout was vital.” 

At the official opening, attended by representatives of the borough and county councils, local residents and members of the project team, a plaque was unveiled, revealing that the bridge had been named in honour of Borough Councillor Brian Ayling, who played a key role in bringing the project to fruition. 

The bridge, which will form a major access route into the new homes, weighs in at more than 190 tonnes and was assembled on site before being lifted in a 'pick up and carry' manoeuvre, and moved a distance of 60m before being placed into position.  

It was installed by a team of expert engineers using a 600-tonne 'Demag CC2800' crawler crane, which also had to be assembled on site. It is the largest crane ever operated by Osborne and one of the biggest in use in the UK. 

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