Collett Transports Bridge Sections from Loughborough via Scunthorpe to Kendal – Video
With the original bridge over the River Kent at Gooseholme Park in Kendal irreparably damaged by Storm Desmond in 2015, Cumbria Council undertook a £2m project to build and install a flood resilient replacement. Design work for the bridge began in 2018, with Cumbria County Council working with the Environment Agency to ensure the new structure complimented the Agency’s flood defence system.
Manufactured at Adey Steel’s Loughborough facility, Collett began phase one of the project, delivering all four of the bridge sections from Loughborough to Jack Tighes coating facility in Scunthorpe. Equipped with two extendable Nooteboom trailers, 8×4 and 6×4 MAN tractor units, our Team loaded the first two of the four sections.
Measuring 21.5m, length, x 4.95m, width, x 1.9m, height, the two 14.5t sections completed the 80 mile journey travelling under police and Collett private escort. Both arriving safely in Scunthorpe later that day, with our Team undertaking reversing manoeuvres on to site before offloading. The two remaining 12.5t sections were loaded and transported the following day.
In phase two of the project, Collett transported the four painted bridge sections 150 miles from Scunthorpe to Gooseholme Park in Kendal for assembly close to the where the bridge would be finally located.
Travelling in tandem, again with police and private escorts in attendance, the loads made their way to Kendal. With our Consulting Team having undertaken a detailed route assessment ahead of the project, including topographical surveys and swept path analysis, the necessary street furniture removal, traffic management and Temporary Traffic Restriction Orders were put in place. This allowed our Team to safely navigate the narrow streets of Kendal market town, arriving at Gooseholme Park for offloading the following day.
With all four bridge sections delivered to site, construction of the final structure has now begun. Once the bridge is assembled, it will be lifted over the River Kent by 1,000t crane, reconnecting two pieces of common land which have previously been linked for 140 years, and restoring access for pedestrians, cyclists and wheelchair users.
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