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Incredible timelapse shows 23-tonne bridge installation in Colchester

16 November 2016

This is the moment engineers lowered the 23-tonne Lower Castle Park bridge into place, creating a shared cycle and walkway for residents.

The new bridge – which is 24 metres long and four metres wide – was installed on Friday (11 November) as just part of a £50 million investment into road, cycle and pedestrian infrastructure in Colchester.

The new crossing over the River Colne creates vital links on the National Cycle Network as well as a more direct route from Colchester North Station to the town centre for cyclists.

Castle Park bridge  

Although the installation took around four hours in total, our time-lapse video shows the vital 12 minute period when engineers lifted and aligned the bridge in place.

The original footbridge is just out of shot to the left-hand side of the camera. It remained open throughout the works to ensure no disruption to the public.

Engineers will return in December to remove the original bridge.