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St Brides bridge closure time reduced

 

Published 25 February 2015

 

The road closure period to allow for the replacement of the road bridge in St Brides has been reduced by six weeks.

 

The bridge will remain open to traffic until 16 March, six weeks later than originally scheduled. The bridge will then close for the essential bridge replacement work to be carried out and reopen, as originally planned, at the end of June.

 

Work to transform the bridge between Ewenny and St Brides Major was scheduled to start on 2 February. However, following concerns from the local community, Network Rail has worked closely with utility providers to reduce the overall time the bridge and road is closed to traffic.

 

Operational Manager for Highways, Michael Clogg, said: “While the road closure is unfortunately unavoidable, we’re glad that we were able to reach an agreement with Network Rail to reduce any disruption whilst the bridge replacement works take place.

 

“We fully understood the concerns raised by residents and businesses in the area, and we think that this agreed delay to the road closure will benefit the whole community and provide a more manageable outcome for everyone.

 

“During the road closure a diversionary route will be clearly signposted to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum. The Council is working to ensure that the diversion route provides the most suitable alternative and convenient access to St Bride’s during the construction phase and will be undertaking any necessary maintenance and improvement works to the route prior to the new closure date for the bridge, as well as closely monitoring the route during the construction phase.”

 

The bridge will be transformed from a one-lane bridge to a structure with increased capacity which can support two lanes of traffic and a pedestrian footway.

 

The £1.9m project to strengthen the bridge is jointly funded by Network Rail and the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

 

Residents who would like additional information can call Network Rail’s 24-Hour National Helpline on 08457 11 41 41.

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