Herring Bridge in Great Yarmouth Opened – Video x 2
The town of Great Yarmouth came out to celebrate the grand opening of Herring Bridge yesterday.
For the joint venture team of BAM UK & Ireland and Farrans Construction who have been on site together since January 2021, yesterday marked the completion of a technically complex project which has been defined by positive collaboration between all stakeholders.
One of the features that made this project truly special was that a twin bascule bridge, of such size and scale, is not common in the UK.
You have to see this one up close to appreciate its sheer magnitude!
Norfolk County Council marked the official opening of the Herring Bridge in Great Yarmouth on Thuesday, 1 February, following the completion of one of the region’s most significant infrastructure projects.
The ‘twin leaf’ bascule bridge, which represented an overall investment of £121m, was delivered by main contractors BAM UK & Ireland Farrans Construction Joint Venture. Now open to river and road traffic, Herring Bridge is an important connection between the A47 Harfrey’s roundabout to the port and enterprise zone on the other side of the river.
It will ease traffic congestion on the town’s roads, shortening journey times, removing the need for HGV vehicles to access the port via the town and improving journey reliability, as well as supporting wider plans and work to maximise investment, regeneration and economic growth opportunities in the town and wider borough.
The complex project involved in-river marine works and the construction of the approach embankments, which support two underpasses and the bascule bridge. Nearby, the local road network has been upgraded with a five-arm roundabout and dual carriageway. The scheme was delivered in a live and operational marine port, with commercial and residential properties along the approaches to the river crossing. An extensive stakeholder engagement campaign was managed throughout this project to ensure minimal disruption to local residents and businesses.
The bridge’s two leaves were manufactured in Belgium and shipped to Great Yarmouth by barge, as opposed to being manufactured in parts and welded together on site. This approach improved the finished quality, as it was completed in a controlled environment. It also increased the safety of the project team by removing risks associated with on-site construction.
Installation of the 2 leaves of the bridge last year
The official opening on 1st February
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