Thursday 13 Oct 2016
Vital route to reopen following bridge upgrade
Residents in Cornwall will be able to enjoy the benefits of an upgrade to the Saveock bridge in Chacewater from Friday.
The work, which took place over 18 weeks and required the bridge to close, forms part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan to provide a bigger, better, more reliable railway for passengers.
It involved the removal of the carriageway and existing bridge deck, the diversion of utility services, upgrades to the bridge’s structure, the installation of the new deck and the reconstruction of the carriageway.
The complete replacement of the deck will ensure the safety of the bridge's users and prevent a weight limit being enforced in the future, which will allow more motorists to access the vital route.
The completion of this upgrade also means that the bridge will not require major maintenance for 120 years.
The bridge will be officially reopened at 3pm on Friday, 14 October by Sarah Newton, MP for Truro and Falmouth, after Network Rail’s orange army delivered the project on time and on budget.
George Bartlett, Network Rail’s project manager for the scheme, said: “I would like to thank residents for their patience and understanding as we carried out this extensive upgrade.
“Where possible we reduced any disruption for local people and we’re delighted to be able to finish the project on time. The work was essential to ensure the future of the bridge, which provides a vital route in and out of Truro.”
Andy Stevenson, Cornwall Council's highways manager, said: "Anyone who uses this route knows that the closure of Saveock has caused significant traffic congestion on the surrounding road network. While these were essential works, we did our best to mitigate the worst effects on road users.
"As such we are really pleased to see the work on this key commuter route has been completed on time and like Network Rail, would like to thank motorists and residents for their patience during this time."
About Network Rail
We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 19 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.
Every day, more than 4.6 million journeys are made in the UK. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.
We are building a better railway for a better Britain.