Thursday 4 Aug 2005
VITAL RAILWAY BRIDGE WORK SET TO BEGIN AT THAME ROAD, KINGSEY
- Region & Route:
Wales & Western: Western
Wales & Western
The 100-year-old Thame Road Bridge spanning the railway in Kingsey, Buckinghamshire, is to undergo extensive strengthening work which is essential to bring it up to modern standards.
The £720,000 project will start next week following two years of planning and investigative work, funded by Network Rail in partnership with Buckinghamshire County Council.
Peter Strachan, Network Rail Route Director, said: “Network Rail is committed to investing in its assets to ensure the safety and reliability of the country’s railway. This major investment will ensure the long-term future of Thame Road bridge for both road and rail users. I would like to thank anyone affected for their patience while this essential work is carried out.”
The bridge will be closed to road traffic for approximately two and a half months to allow engineers to undertake the mammoth task of repairing and strengthening the iron structure and brickwork base of the bridge to meet European standards. Diversionary routes will be in place throughout the work and will be clearly signposted.
Andrew Robson, Team Leader (bridges) at Buckinghamshire County Council, said: “It’s good to see this work is being carried out in a way that will minimise disruption. We are aware of some local events in the area over that period and have made a point of letting people know what is happening so they can adjust travel arrangements accordingly.”
Most of the core work to upgrade the bridge will be limited to weekend nights to minimise disruption to rail services. The existing road surface and concrete deck will be removed, allowing the project team access to strengthen the wrought iron supporting structures under the bridge. Extensive work will also be carried out to repair its brick structure.
Network Rail has been in close contact with local residents to provide details and consultation on the forthcoming work. Council and emergency services have also been notified of the bridge closure and the diversionary routes in place for road vehicles.
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