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20th March 2017


Bike bridge installed by Ainscough wins community award

A new bridge which was installed by Ainscough to connect the suburbs of Currock and Denton Holme in Carlisle, Cumbria, has won the Institute for Civil Engineers Community (ICE) Award in the North West Civil Engineering Awards.

The category recognises those projects which deliver best-practice engagement with the local community.

Connecting the two suburbs across the Cumbrian coast railway line between Lund Crescent and Bousteads Grassing, the new bridge replaced the existing structure which has subsequently been removed. Along with creating a connection to an existing footpath, the new bridge also creates a continuous cycle link from Currock along the River Caldew, north to Carlisle city centre, and south to Dalston.

Councillor Stewart Young, a leader of Cumbria County Council, said: “This project forms part of a £7.8 million programme of investment in transport and infrastructure in Cumbria, which was secured by the LEP and Cumbria County Council. It follows years of campaigning by local residents and Councillors for this much-needed improvement. I am particularly pleased that the main contractor has been able to use so many of our local businesses to help contribute to this scheme. The new bridge will be a testament to their skill and dedication for many years to come.”

Ainscough used a Liebherr LTM 1500-8.1, a 500 tonne all-terrain mobile crane rigged with a guyed main boom and 165 tonnes of counterweight to complete the lift.

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