Selly Oak bridges gap - Selly Oak New Road January 2011 update

Boxing day 2010 saw work roll ahead, quite literally, on the continued development of the Selly Oak New Road with a new rail bridge driven into place, Giant trucks wheel Selly Oak rail bridge into place.

Giant flatbed trucks carried the 3,800 tonne railway bridge on the Cross City Line into place to allow the new road to pass underneath. The bridge was constructed alongside the existing railway line with that removed on Christmas Day and the ground dug out for the bridge to be driven into place on Boxing Day.

Now the bridge has been installed alongside the new aqueduct for the adjacent canal earth will continue to be dug out to continue the work on the new road.

The new railway bridge can be seen in the pictures below taken on the 28th January 2011.

The view from the other side, from the Hospital link road.

Running alongside the new rail bridge is a new aqueduct, named Ariel Aqueduct after the former Ariel Factory on Grange Road that produced bicycles, motorcycles and cars until it closed in 1963, which will take up to 50 canal boats a day over the new road.

Pictures of the canal aqueduct and the view showing work progressing on the new road adjacent to the University of Birmingham and Bournbrook.

With the aqueduct and railway bridge in place, the earth will be dug out to complete the second phase of the Selly Oak New Road, due to open in July 2011.

Artists impressions of the new bridges with the new road running underneath.


Anonymous said…
What is happening to the old selly oak hospital site? The hospital had a fenced boundary erected in july 2010 rumoured that the demolition contractors were moving in oct 2010 and buyers Birmingham city council redeveloping with industries creating new jobs and housing. It's still fenced off with no hint of what's in store for this historic site.

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