Friday 6 Sep 2019
Network Rail apologises as Armthorpe Lane bridge closure is extended
- Region & Route:
- London North Eastern & East Midlands
Network Rail has today (Friday, 6 September) apologised to residents, businesses and motorists in Doncaster as work to Armthorpe Lane bridge will take longer than originally planned.
The road has been closed since January to allow Network Rail engineers to upgrade the structure as part of a £15million project to support the growth of rail freight in the region.
The bridge needed to be replaced to create space on the railway for high cube shipping containers to run between Doncaster and Immingham/Killinghome on standard height wagons. Currently, these containers need to run on low wagons, which are of limited supply and are more expensive to run and maintain.
Whilst the project had progressed well, recent utility work and work to resurface the road has taken longer than anticipated. The road will now reopen to vehicles by Sunday, 15 September. Diversionary routes will remain in place until the bridge reopens and will be clearly signposted. Pedestrian access will continue to be maintained.
Darryl White, Project Manager for Network Rail, said: “Firstly, we would like to apologise for the delay in reopening Armthorpe Lane bridge.
“We know that closing a road can cause inconvenience and we would like to reassure residents, businesses and motorists that we are working to reopen the road as soon as possible.
“We continue to work closely with Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council to keep disruption to a minimum and we would like to thank all those impacted for their patience.”
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