The first 480 metres of HS2’s Colne Valley Viaduct, near Rickmansworth, have been completed.
The gargantuan project has taken shape over the past seven months using a huge 700-tonne bridge-building machine. When completed, it will total 3.4 kilometres in length.
The first 141 of 1,000 deck segments are currently in position, with each one weighing around 140 tonnes.
Rail Minister Huw Merriman MP was invited by HS2 to be the first man to officially walk along the bridge on January 16.
Mr Merriman MP said: “This is an extraordinary feat of engineering and architecture, designed to enable spectacular views across a beautiful part of our British countryside which is being preserved and protected by this project.
“It was incredible to be the first person to officially walk on top of it today – another milestone for this monumental project which will transform journeys for people up and down the country, creating almost 30,000 jobs and providing a low-carbon alternative to cars for decades to come.”
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