Road to remain affected by temporary railway bridge closure into July

May 31 2016

DRIVERS have been reminded to find an alternative route to travel between Chipping Sodbury and the Codrington area while the Dodington Road bridge remains closed.

DRIVERS have been reminded to find an alternative route to travel between Chipping Sodbury and the Codrington area while the Dodington Road bridge remains closed.
The bridge was shut on May 23 to allow Network Rail to carry out work linked to its electrification programme and won’t re-open until Sunday, June 5.
It is all part of preparation for the arrival of a new fleet of electric trains and involves raising the sides of the bridge and installing coping stones to stop people climbing onto the structure.
Network Rail said when complete, there would be a barrier between those using the bridge and the overhead high voltage electric lines needed to power the electric trains.
 The temporary closure was necessary because the bridge is too narrow to safely accommodate traffic, pedestrians and the team carrying out the work.
But the period of time chosen included half term in order to minimise disruption as much as possible.
Further work will be completed during a series of four Saturday night closures starting on June 11 and running into early July, with the bridge shut between 10pm and 8am.
However, although the closures affect drivers, access remains for pedestrians and cyclists.
Andy Haynes, Network Rail’s project director for the West of England, said: “The work at Dodington Road bridge is an essential part of our railway upgrade plan and will pave the way for electrification and the benefits this will bring for residents.
“These benefits include faster trains with more seats and more legroom for passengers and less noise and cleaner air for those who live close to the railway.”