UK-based infrastructure company Balfour Beatty, in partnership with National Highways, has completed a bridge demolition as part of the M25 junction 10 improvement scheme. 

The M25 motorway was reopened ahead of schedule, following the demolition. 

Balfour project director Howard Williams said: “Opening the M25 eight hours ahead of schedule is testament to our team of experts who have worked tirelessly alongside National Highways to complete this major milestone, safely and successfully. 

“This was a complex operation, made even more challenging because of the unprecedented closure of the M25. Every effort was made to minimise the impact on road users through careful planning and close collaboration with National Highways.” 

The M25 between junctions 10 and 11 was closed as a necessary measure for the demolition of the existing Clearmount bridleway bridge and the installation of a new gantry.  

The gantry, weighing 128 tonnes (t) and spanning 63m, is part of the infrastructure enhancements planned for the area. 

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The recent closure marks the first of five planned motorway shutdowns, a strategy to facilitate the junction 10 improvement works.  

Prior to this, Balfour demolished the Wisley Lane and Cockcrow footbridges. 

Upon completion, the M25 junction 10 improvement scheme aims to increase lane numbers, enhance safety and traffic flow, and reduce pollution from traffic congestion.  

The project also focuses on improving access to the M25, with safer entry roads for local areas, including Wisley, Pyrford, Old Byfleet, and RHS Garden Wisley. 

As part of the scheme, Balfour will work with National Highways to construct what is said to be the country’s first heathland bridge, the Cockcrow Green Bridge.  

It will connect the Ockham and Wisley commons, providing a safe passage for local wildlife. 

Completion of the junction 10 improvement scheme is on track for completion in mid-2025. 

Last month, Balfour Beatty Vinci, the main works contractor in the Midlands for the High Speed 2 railway line project, removed a 4,000t bridge over the M42 motorway in the country. 

Balfour Beatty VINCI is Balfour’s equally split joint venture with VINCI.