THE HS2 has taken thousands of lorry journeys off Bucks roads to helps residents thanks to a temporary bridge.

The temporary bridge near Denham was built to ease congestion caused by HS2 lorries in the Colne Valley area, where the UK’s longest viaduct is being built alongside the bridge.

Thanks to the 800m long bridge, construction vehicles cross a series of lakes and waterways near Denham instead of driving on local roads.

This has resulted as more than 10,000 vehicle journeys off roads during one year of its operation, HS2 Ltd said.

HS2 Ltd’s senior project manager Billy Ahluwalia said: “The Colne Valley Viaduct will form a key part of the HS2 route – helping to deliver better connections across the UK, free up rail capacity on the existing train network, and offer passengers zero carbon travel options.

“But it is also essential that we work to reduce the impact on communities during construction. That’s why I’m delighted to see that the temporary access road has taken so many vehicle journeys off local roads in it’s first year of operation.”

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The Colne Valley Viaduct construction is well underway as huge 160m long bridge-building machine known as a launching girder.

The machine is used to lift the 140 tonne gently curved deck segments in place, with almost 200 out of 1,000 now installed.