Huge crane removes bridge at site

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One of the country’s largest cranes has removed a bridge deck as part of plans to expand Markham Vale.

The Bailey bridge over Erin Road was removed on Tuesday by Mabey Bridge Ltd which brought its 350-tonne crane to lift it off its abutments before dismantling it.

The work is part of Derbyshire County Council’s plans to transform the former Seymour Colliery site with the potential to create an additional 2,000 jobs.

Councillor Joan Dixon, cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport, said: “Markham Vale has already provided a great jobs boost to Derbyshire and we are very excited to be expanding the site further.

“The expansion is part of our long-term vision of creating 5,000 jobs for local people on both sites and we look forward to welcoming businesses by March 2015,” he added.

Erin Road, which will serve the next section of land to be developed, will also be closed for up to six months between Poolsbrook and Duckmanton and Markham Vale.

As well as groundwork for the gas, water and electricity supply, improvements will be carried to make sure it is fit to carry traffic to and from local businesses setting up in the area once the site is developed.