Latest Bridge Works Update from NetworkRail

Please see the latest update from NetworkRail:

'Last weekend from 12 – 14 February, when there was a full road closure across the Hungerford Road bridge, we demolished and rebuilt the deck of the south footpath and installed new parapet  walls. The works started at 8pm last Friday and we worked around the clock, so that the road could be reopened to one-way traffic at 5am on Monday morning.

The work involved the removal of the beams along the southern footpath and the wall, as these structures were in a poor condition. The wall and the footpath structure were then reconstructed  with new pre-cast concrete cills and beams, as well as brick clad parapets. 

The next programme of work involves casting the in-situ reinforced deck concrete and the waterproofing of this section of the bridge, as well as the re-diversion of utilities back to their original positions in the south footway area, which BT will complete by the last week in April. After these works have been completed, we can switch our focus to the north side of the bridge, where new pedestrian fencing, containment kerbs and steeple copings on top of the existing northern parapet wall will be installed.

In addition, from the feedback we have received from local residents, businesses, the Council and the Police, it is apparent that the operation of the temporary traffic lights led to more congestion, which has impacted upon the surrounding roads in Crewe.  As such, following consultation with Cheshire East Council and Cheshire Police, we will no longer be operating the traffic lights. In their place, we will open the two exit lanes of the retail park (24/7), as well as implement a ‘keep clear’ space on the roundabout.  To achieve this, keep clear road marking signs have been applied on the roundabout to prevent traffic heading towards the Town Centre from using up all of the available space on the roundabout. The space created will allow vehicles from the retail park to gain access onto the roundabout, so that they can continue with their journeys by either turning left or heading straight on.

Please be assured that we are continually reviewing the traffic flows in and around Crewe and will intervene wherever possible to try and minimise any inconvenience caused to motorists.'

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