February 27, 2008
Walrow Bridge to close again for three months
Walrow Railway Bridge is set to close for up to three months from
mid-March when work to strengthen it gets underway.
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
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.
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.
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."
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.
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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