Murphy successfully installs final Skylink spans

The much anticipated Bolton Skylink took another step towards completion this week as Murphy installed the final two spans completing the 100m footbridge.

Murphy’s 12-man team began installation of the third span on Wednesday night at 11.30pm, with the fourth span lifted in to place around 5am.

A 750-tonne crane lifted the spans into place overnight, outside rail timetable hours to minimise disruption to passengers.

Murphy project manager, Richard Smith, said: “It has been a great team effort under difficult circumstances to reach this major milestone. The entire team has worked tirelessly to reach this point and deserve great credit for this achievement.”

Spans three and four, which are 3.6m high, 3.8m wide, and 31.3m and 16.5m long respectively, connect the interchange with Bolton railway station.

The spans themselves have made a long journey to Bolton from Murphy’s steel workshop in Newbridge, Ireland. Murphy welders fabricated the bespoke steel over four weeks before the 32-metre spans were taken by articulated lorry to become part of one of Bolton’s greatest architectural landmarks of the future.

Bolton Skylink steel being welded in Newbridge, Ireland in January of this year

The £3.5 million Skylink project is a key aspect of the Bolton interchange scheme, which will improve bus links and facilities at the city’s main train station.

Now that the span lifts have been completed, the overall structure of the 100m bridge is in place, ready for final fit-out.


TfGM Committee Chair, Councillor Andrew Fender, said: “It’s great to see the final sections of the Skylink installed and passers-by can now admire the full structure of the bridge – it marks the completion of an important phase in the interchange project.”


Bolton Council Leader, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: "It is fantastic to see this exciting development taking shape, as it will bring Bolton's transport provision firmly into the 21st century. The bridge connects our railway station to the new bus station and creates an interchange that links up our public transport in the town centre.”


The stunning walkway is due to open to the public in early August 2017

The transport interchange is being delivered by TfGM in partnership with Bolton Council and Network Rail, and is being funded by the Greater Manchester Transport Fund.

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Posted Thursday, May 11, 2017 by Emma Best

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