Michaelwood services is located on the M5 in Gloucestershire. It is sometimes incorrectly known as Michael Wood services, which has even appeared erroneously on signage.
Originally constructed with a bridge over the motorway linking the northbound and southbound sites, this was closed in 2018 for safety reasons, having reached the end of its life, with the bridge being dismantled in January 2020.
This is the moment the 40-year-old Michaelwood Services footbridge was consigned to history in a massive overnight operation.
Highways England closed the M5 overnight between Junction 13 and Junction 14 to enable the dismantling and removal of the well-used and well-worn motorway structure.
The footbridge spanning the southbound and northbound areas of the services had reached the end of its life and was closed to pedestrians in 2018.
A 70-strong team were involved in the cutting, dismantling and lifting of the bridge, with a 750-tonne crane positioned on the northbound carriageway to lift and lower the 69-tonne footbridge and two 130-foot cranes to manoeuvre the structure for cutting and removal.
The 60-metre bridge may no longer span the M5 but the metal and concrete, including the ramps and pillars, will now be recycled for future use.