PM in flood damaged Dales

5 September 2019

Collett has delivered four giant steel tubes to the Yorkshire Dales, UK, which will be used to divert a waterway in order to allow the reconstruction of a damaged bridge.

After a month’s worth of rain fell in just two hours, Cogden Beck bridge was completely destroyed by boulders and debris washed down in the early August floods.

Collett has delivered the components for developers to construct a temporary structure. Loaded to a Mercedes-Benz Actros 8x4 complete with a PM 80 SP loader crane, Collett transported the cargoes the 90 miles from Cleveland Steel & Tubes depot to the remote delivery site in Grinton in the Yorkshire Dales. 

With the remoteness of the site and the restricted space, crane hire would not be an option, therefore Collett used its crane vehicle fleet to provide the ideal cost-effective solution. 

Featuring five boom extensions and a maximum lifting capacity of 23t at 2.75m, utilising this crane vehicle allowed the Collett team to deliver each of the four 14t tube sections directly to the river bed.

Once in place the tubes will be used to divert the waterway, allowing for the construction of a temporary bridge and restoring access for residents and tourist, with the construction of a traditional Dales masonry bridge scheduled for later in the year. 

The temporary structure will also allow the route to be used for the upcoming UCI World Championships in September, when the best cyclists of the world travel to Yorkshire to compete.