Stunning video captures Awsworth bridge construction

The new Awsworth bridge.
The new Awsworth bridge.

The replacement of a 116-year-old road bridge in Ilkeston has been captured in spectacular style in an online video.

Six time-lapse cameras were set up to record the existing Awsworth Road bridge being removed and the its replacement being driven into place just before Christmas.

Network Rail project manager Chris Chatfield said: “The footage shows the amount of planning and precision that needs to go into a project like this in order to keep both the road and the railway closed the shortest amount of time.”

The video includes almost 24 hours of construction manoeuvres condensed into just 140 seconds.

Once completed, residents and businesses can expect a stronger bridge which will stand for many decades, but which also now gives drivers better visibility on the approach to the bridge.

Work on the bridge, which usually carries around 5,000 road vehicles a day over the railway below, began in September and is part of a wide-ranging upgrade plan for railways across Derbyshire.

Chris added: “This project is a key part of our Railway Upgrade Plan and we will spend the coming weeks making sure that the new bridge is ready to welcome road traffic again by mid-April.”

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