SX9373 : Hydraulic crane for Fore Street bridge works

taken 6 years ago, near to Teignmouth, Devon, Great Britain

Hydraulic crane for Fore Street bridge works
Hydraulic crane for Fore Street bridge works
A difference of scale: the crane, operated by King Lifting, sits on the spur of Fore Street in front of No 20, Richmond House. The pink-washed building to the left is No 1 Exeter Street. How did the crane arrive on site: by reversing down steep Exeter Street, or by coming forwards up steep Fore Street over the bridge it was about to dismantle? Whichever way, the driver deserves credit. The view is from the entry to the Alice Cross Centre in Bitton Park Road.
Fore Street bridge, Teignmouth
Fore Street bridge, once a principal route over the railway and into the town, has carried local traffic since the realignment of the A379 in the late 1980s. Consulting engineers for Network Rail, Arup, had identified unacceptable weakness in the girders supporting the carriageway together with overloading in the parapet girders. The only solution was to dismantle the bridge (which may date from the time Brunel's GWR was scythed through the town) and install a new, stronger one. The major part of the work was carried out over the weekend of 18-19 February 2012 in a highly organised operation.

Information taken from Network Rail's Prior Approval Application to Teignbridge District Council, TCP 10/049, 20 December 2011, with thanks.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 19 February, 2012   (more nearby)
Thursday, 19 July, 2012
Geographical Context
Roads, Road transport  City, Town centre  Construction, Development 
Place (from Tags)
Road (from Tags)
Fore Street 
Company (from Tags)
King Lifting 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 9396 7306 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:32.8594N 3:29.8823W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 9395 7306
View Direction
EAST (about 90 degrees)
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