Tuesday 3 Jan 2006


Region & Route:
| Wales & Western: Wales & Borders
| Wales & Western: Western
| Wales & Western
Network Rail is able to confirm the start date for the repair works to Hyde Lane Bridge in Swindon Village, Cheltenham, as Monday 16 January 2006. Following extensive investigations and examinations, the maintenance programme has been agreed and work will begin in January to reinforce and repair the structure. Robbie Burns, Route Director for Network Rail, said: “I am pleased that this work is finally underway and apologise to local residents and motorists who use this route for any inconvenience caused. “The new bespoke steel sections of the bridge have now been made and will be ready for installation in January.” The works, lasting until mid-May, are planned to also include the preparation for installing bridge protection beams – these are used to prevent vehicles that are too high for the bridge causing structural damage. The beams are planned to be erected in mid-May on completion of the main works. During the reconstruction period, one lane of traffic will be open to road users, but Network Rail will ensure that the road is fully open during Cheltenham Gold Cup week to allow race-goers better access. There will be a number of Saturday overnight road closures to carry out the works.

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