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Parkin Lane Bridge strengthening works, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, April 2013

In the first few months of 2013 a contractor working for Canal & River Trust started to strengthen Parkin Lane Bridge in Apperley Bridge on the Leeds & Liverpool canal by inserting new steel beams underneath the existing bridge.

WHH Ltd supplied one flat top pontoon together with two open pontoons, a mini tug ‘Stanley’ and our crane barge ‘Dudley’ with a 30 tonne hiab for lifting the new steel beams. The 30 tonne hiab in Dudley could lift a 4 tonne beam at a reach of 5 metres.

The contractor erected cradles on the pontoons with scissor jacks on top in order to fine tune the positioning of the beams. Using the hiab in Dudley the bridge beams, which came in 3 sections, were lifted section by section onto the cradles on the pontoons, floated under the bridge and jacked up into position.

The 3 beam sections were then bolted together to make one complete beam across the bridge. A total of 3 new beams were installed.


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