Published: February 27, 2008
Highbridge's Walrow Bridge to close again for three months

Highbridge's Walrow Railway Bridge is set to close for up to three months from mid-March when work to strengthen it gets underway.

Network Rail has confirmed this week that the controversial bridge - which has only been partially open to light vehicles since last September amid fears about the safety of its structure - will shut from March 15th.

Workers from Network Rail will take up to three months to complete the long-awaited work to strengthen the bridge so that it can fully re-open to all traffic during June.

Highbridge residents have this week welcomed the news that the work is starting, but questioned the length of time it will take to get it completed.

District councillor Joe Leach told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Wedensday (February 27th): "I'm pleased that Network Rail is sticking to its word and getting the work done, but angry it has taken this long to get started. It should have been done months ago."

There were initially concerns in March 2007 that the bridge would close for three years, but pressure from the County and District Councils forced Network Rail to bring the work forward. The bridge was partially opened in September.

Warning signs were introduced along Market Street and Church Street to warn motorists about the vehicle restrictions, which see width limits set at 2.1m and weight limits of three tons.

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