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Tallest crane to lift footbridge
View of the crane
The crane towers over the city's art centre
The tallest crane in the UK is being set up in Newport to lift a new 5m footbridge over the River Usk in place.

The crane had to be transported to the city in sections using 48 articulated lorries.

It will take four days for it to be put together using smaller cranes and will stand more than 100m (328 ft) high.

Once in place, the crane will be used to lift sections of the city's newest bridge which has been designed as part of a regeneration programme.

The bridge will be lifted into place using two cranes, the main crane is a Gottwald AK680 and cost 4m to build.

It can carry a weight of up to 1,200 tonnes and is so heavy - the equivalent of 70 double decker buses-piled foundations have been dug into the banks of the River Usk to stop them from collapsing during the lift.

The bridge will be 145m long and 67m high
The forward mast is 80m, and the back one 70m
It is made from 850 tonnes of steel

A convoy of lorries brought the crane to Newport over the last week and the first sections of the crane are being put together so that the first parts of the bridge to be lifted into position on Thursday.

Six men will take four days to construct the crane.

In March, a lorry four times the size of a normal truck was brought in to transport the biggest part of the bridge from the workshop it was made to the banks of the Usk ready for it to be lifted.

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