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24th February 2017


£1.35 billion Queensferry crossing reaches landmark stage

The Ainscough team has moved a step closer to finishing its work on the £1.35 billion Queensferry Crossing project after the final lifting operation on the Firth of Forth Bridge took place.”

Built by main contractor FCBC (Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors) for Transport Scotland, the Queensferry Crossing is the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world and the largest to feature cables which cross mid-span.”

Ainscough’s final lift on the site comes after three and a half years’ worth of work on the new crossing. Due to open later this year, the new bridge is integral to the economy of the east of Scotland.”

Playing a prominent role at Queensferry Crossing, the UK’s leading lifting solutions company, Ainscough Crane Hire, has lifted a total of 122 deck sections onto the 2,633 metre bridge since October 2014.”

Having a minimum of four cranes per day on the site, Ainscough’s Falkirk depot has helped lift 77,200 tonnes of steel and concrete to the new deck of the bridge.”

Falkirk depot manager, Ciaran McNamee said: “We are very pleased to have been involved in a landmark project such as the Queensferry Crossing. We have had between four to six cranes on the site every day since 2014 and we have watched the bridge evolve month by month.”

“Ainscough has used its skills and strategic planning to help deliver this major piece of infrastructure and after years on the site we are all proud to be delivering this vital piece of infrastructure to the people of Scotland.”

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