Taziker Helps HS2 Take 10,000 Vehicles off Local Roads

Taziker on the temporary jetty at the Colne Valley Viaduct.

HS2 has confirmed that the temporary access bridge fabricated and installed by Taziker has taken more than 10,000 vehicle journeys off local roads in its first year of operation.

Working on behalf of VolkerStevin for the Align Joint Venture, Taziker was awarded the contract to fabricate and install the 800m temporary bridge in May 2021.  The bridge includes four separate structures, which also included provision of safety barriers, pedestrian walkways and guardrails. 

This structure supports the delivery of HS2 on the construction of the 3.4km Colne Valley Viaduct across the Colne Valley.  Running alongside what will become the UK’s longest viaduct, the temporary bridge allows construction vehicles to cross a series of lakes and waterways near Denham on the outskirts of London.

As well as taking vehicles off local roads, the bridge is also used to get equipment out to where the viaducts piers are being built in the lake.

Construction of the temporary jetty at the Colne Valley Viaduct.Jarrod Hulme, Managing Director of Structural Solutions, Taziker said, “This was an immense project for Taziker to work on, both in terms of size and significance.  Our teams on and off site worked tirelessly to ensure the project ran smoothly and to schedule. 

“By assisting the construction of the viaduct and enabling vehicles to be redirected away from local roads, we are delighted to learn that the bridge is fulfilling its purpose to a great extent. This will all contribute to the successful completion of the Colne Valley Viaduct construction.”

The Align JV comprises Bouygues Travaux Publics, Sir Robert McAlpine and VolkerFitzpatrick and is the main works civils contractor responsible for the delivery of the C1 section on HS2.  The C1 package of works consists of a 21.6km stretch of high-speed rail infrastructure including the 3.4km Colne Valley Viaduct; the 16.km twin-bored Chilterns tunnel with five ventilation and access shafts.

Construction of the Colne Valley Viaduct is now well underway, with all the foundation pilling for the 56 piers and 2 abutments now complete.