Tuesday 30 Aug 2005



Network Rail is to begin essential bridge strengthening work next month near Cheney Longville, Shropshire. The £450,000 maintenance on the over-bridge adjacent to the Onny Trail car park starts on 12 September for ten weeks. Work will require closure of the unclassified road, A49 junction to Round Oak junction, Basford. The car park will remain open and a diversionary route for traffic will be clearly sign posted. During the road closure Network Rail will endeavour to maintain access for both pedestrians and cyclists for six out of the ten weeks. For the four weeks when this is not possible, a taxi service will be made available for local residents. Work will take place during daylight hours on weekdays and for safety reasons some work will need to be carried out when trains are not running, meaning 24 hour working through Saturday night to Sunday mornings. Local residents can call the Network Rail dedicated 24 hour Helpline on 08457 114141 with any queries.

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