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Steel link bridges arrive at Mersey Ferry terminal

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Working with main contractor John Sisk, Adey Steel has fabricated, supplied and installed two new 50m-long link bridges for Seacombe’s Mersey Ferry terminal.

Providing pedestrian and vehicle access from the passenger ferry terminal to the berthing pontoon, the bridges replace two out-dated structures.

Each bridge was fabricated in eight welded sections at Adey Steel’s main factory. In order to make sure the steelwork fitted together seamlessly, they were both trial assembled before leaving the workshop.

The bridge sections were then transported to Liverpool Docks, were they were assembled once again, before being delivered to Seacombe via barge.

A combination of barge-mounted cranes and MEWPs were used to install the bridges in their final positions, where they were fitted on to complex bearing arrangements that allow for both the rise and fall of the tidal river, as well as the drag movements of the incoming and outgoing flow.

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