Construction and development company Skanska has secured a £52m contract for the replacement of the SAS13 bridge on the Stechford to Aston (SAS) rail line in England.

The company has signed the contract as part of its work under the Infrastructure Projects (IP) Central Framework for Network Rail.

This contract is in addition to development services work that Skanska has already delivered.

After the demolition, a single 92m-span steel structure will replace the existing bridge, which has eight masonry arches and a central steelwork span.

The works will open the way for the construction of the new HS2 line approach into Birmingham City centre and the planned HS2 Midlands Maintenance Depot.

Skanska infrastructure business managing director Jonathan Willcock said: “We’re delighted to win this contract and to be working with Network Rail on this key project. It builds on our longstanding relationship with Network Rail, where we have a successful track record of delivery – particularly in the North West & Central region.

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“We understand the region well and have built excellent relationships, including with our supply chain partners. We’re now very much looking forward to getting started on site. We’ve worked really hard over the past two years with Network Rail to ensure that passengers are at the heart of our solution, which will optimise rail services during construction while bringing carbon and cost savings.”

Skanska said that the replaced bridge will be the largest single-span railway bridge in the West Midlands.

The rail bridge replacement project is due for completion in September 2022.