September 14, 2007
Walrow railway bridge finally re-opens
long-awaited re-opening of Highbridge's controversial Walrow railway
bridge went ahead on Friday morning (September 14th).
were the scenes as the bridge re-opened this morning when the
first vehicles travelled across, abiding new width and weight
in the morning the bridge had been alive with activity as line
painters were at work along the roadway and electricians were
seen busily wiring in the traffic lights.
bridge has been shut since March 14th - exactly six months ago
- amid fears about its strength.
signs like the one pictured here have been introduced along Market
Street and Church Street to warn motorists about the restrictions,
which see width limits set at 2.1m and weight limits of three
Rail is due to carry out strengthening work at the bridge by next
Spring which should lead to the restrictions being lifted.
MP David Heathcoat-Amory welcomed news of the re-opening, and
took a swipe at Somerset County Council for taking its time.
am glad that at last this road has been re-opened," he told
Burnham-On-Sea.com. "But sorry that it took so long for Somerset
County Council to reverse its mistaken decision to block the bridge
completely to vehicle traffic. It
was the Conservative Group that raised it at County Hall and got
a rethink after the Conservative leader Ken Maddock accompanied
me on my second visit to the area and spoke to residents and trades
the news in March that the busy bridge would close due to
much-needed strengthening work and since then, traders in Highbridge
have seen a major downturn in trade.
These photos show the re-opening of the bridge on Friday;
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