A large span of a new viaduct on the outskirts of Ruislip that will serve the HS2 high-speed railway has been completed.
The 40-metre stretch of railway on the Colne Valley Viaduct was completed during the summer holidays, so road closures wouldn’t affect the school run and there would be less impact on local traffic.
Once construction is complete, the bridge will be the longest of its kind in the UK. It will span more than two miles across the Grand Union Canal, River Colne, local roads and a series of lakes on the outskirts of London between Ruislip and the Chilterns, created as part of the HS2 project.
Underground tunnelling beneath both Northwood and Ruislip has also taken place.
Billy Ahluwalia, senior project manager of HS2, said: “It’s important that we minimise disruption during construction.
“That’s why we brought forward construction of this span, so it could be done during the school summer holidays when we knew traffic would be lighter. It’s great to see the span complete and I’d like to thank everyone who worked so hard over the last three weeks to get it done.”