Incredible time-lapse footage shows how M5 bridge was removed

The 40-year-old Michaelwood Services footbridge was consigned to history in a massive overnight operation at the weekend.

Now, incredible time-lapse footage shows just how it was done.

Seventy people were involved in the cutting, dismantling and lifting of the bridge, with a 750-tonne crane used to lift and lower the 69-tonne footbridge and two 130-foot cranes used to manoeuvre the structure for cutting and removal.

The metal and concrete from the 60m bridge, closed in 2018 due to safety concerns, will now be recycled for future use.

Highways England closed the M5 overnight on Saturday between Junction 13 and Junction 14 to enable the dismantling and removal of the well-used and well-worn motorway structure.

Project Manager Adrian Simon said: “It was a massive operation for our principal contractor Carnell, we understood the closure would have an effect on journey times and we appreciate people’s co-operation and patience during the work.

“We carried out additional work between junctions 13 and 14 to minimise disruption, the removal operation was carried out safely and discussions are ongoing regarding building a replacement footbridge.

“As is the case with a lot of our replacement and renewal schemes, another positive will see the materials recycled and put to good use elsewhere.”

The scheme experienced some delays, including computer issues with one of the 130-tonne cranes, unseen issues detaching the main span from the piers and additional cutting of the bridge deck.

Mr Simon added: “Due to the complex nature of the operation, we did reopen the M5 a little later than scheduled, and again, we’d like to thank drivers using the diversion routes for their patience.”

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