Civil engineering specialist firm GRAHAM has reached a significant milestone on delivery of the Belfast Grand Central Station Enabling Works Project, with the installation of a new footbridge close to the current Great Victoria Street Station.
The new 22m span steel pedestrian bridge, replaces the original footbridge and facilitates the essential track and other infrastructure changes required to enable the track enhancements that will be delivered as part of the new integrated station.
The new footbridge weighed in at 21 tonnes and was installed using a 500-tonne mobile crane at a lifting radius of 38m due to site constraints.
Discussing the completion of the new footbridge installation, GRAHAM Contracts Director Andrew Henry said:
“We’re delighted to have completed the demolition and installation of the new footbridge near Great Victoria Street Station, which represents two significant milestones in this important NI Executive flagship project.
“The installation was a particularly satisfying one for the project team due to the complex nature of the site.
“Thankfully, our team has vast knowledge and experience of bridge installations, meaning we were able to plan works meticulously and deliver quickly to mitigate disruption to passengers and our neighbours while the works were carried out"
“We’re excited to be playing our part in helping deliver the island’s largest integrated transport facility which will improve connectivity for everyone in Northern Ireland and beyond. We’re proud to be working with Translink and other partners towards delivering the new station, which will leave a legacy of transport led regeneration.”
Belfast Grand Central Station will provide greater capacity with an increase to 26 bus stands, eight railway platforms, enhanced walking and cycling connectivity, greater comfort and accessibility encouraging greener, active travel for a healthier, smarter city.
It will also help develop the surrounding lands, facilitating economic growth and urban regeneration. The new station is due to be completed in 2025.
For more information on Belfast Grand Central Station visit: https://www.translink.co.uk/corporate/media/improvementsandprojects/thehub