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The 50 metre long footbridge across the busy A6 at Birstall has provided a safe and convenient crossing for children from the Hallam Fields housing development to get to school at The Cedars Academy.
The large structure also enables commuters and shoppers to get to the Park & Ride site for buses to and from Leicester. And a system of footpaths created a picturesque route to the nearby village of Wanlip.
Fabricated in four sections off-site, the bridge was assembled and lifted into place in less than 48 hours over a Bank Holiday weekend.
The masterplan for the Hallam Fields housing development by Jelson Homes included a new footbridge to cross the adjacent A6 dual carriageway, connecting the 1,000 homes to a school and other amenities.
Danaher & Walsh Civil Engineering was appointed to design and construct the footbridge scheme and associated landscaping, plus a kilometre of footpaths and cycleways.
The work took place without significant disruption to residents, students, park & ride users, traffic, bus operators or businesses. The road closure to enable the structure to be lifted into place was two days shorter than planned.
For the children who live at Hallam Fields, the bridge is a safe and direct route between home and school. For local walkers and cyclists, the bridge and footpaths created a new place to enjoy time in easily accessible countryside.
Danaher & Walsh (Civil Engineering) Ltd
William Saunders Partnership
Leicestershire County Council
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