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St. Bride’s bridge road closure postponed

 

Tuesday 3 February 2015

 

The road closure to replace the bridge on St. Bride’s Road, Ewenny has been postponed following concerns raised by local businesses.

 

A Network Rail spokesperson said: “Following concerns raised by the local community, MP and AM regarding our plans to replace St Brides Road bridge, we are reviewing our work programme to investigate opportunities to reduce the overall time the bridge is closed.

 

“We hope to confirm the road closure as soon as possible. In the meantime, the bridge is open to traffic.”

 

The ageing road bridge between Ewenny and St Bride’s Major on the B4265 requires essential replacement works. The Vale Council has been working closely with Network Rail on a jointly funded scheme to deliver a new and improved bridge while minimising the impact to both residents and businesses as well as the general travelling public during the construction phase.

 

Operational Manager for Highways, Michael Clogg, said: “The new bridge design will not only ensure future access along the B4265, but will provide a significant improvement by eliminating the existing single-lane restriction over the railway and increasing its load carrying capacity enabling it to support two lanes of traffic and a pedestrian footway. This will offer significant advantages to the travelling public, residents, and businesses in the area by both reducing journey times and improving highway safety.

 

“During any 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 any closure of the bridge, as well as closely monitoring the route during the construction phase.

 

“Network Rail and the Vale of Glamorgan Council apologise for any inconvenience caused during these essential works and will do everything possible to minimise disruption by reducing the overall time the bridge is closed.”