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VIDEO: The wait is over... Boundary Road bridge is now open

Network Rail declare bridge open after 12 months out of action

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VIDEO: The wait is over...Boundary Road bridge is now open

AFTER 12 months of disruption, Boundary Road bridge is back in use. 

The bridge has been closed since January 2016 to allow Network Rail to heighten it ahead of electrification. 

Network Rail regional director of infrastructure projects, Robbie Burns, thanked residents of Boundary Road and Railway Road - many of whom were in attendance - for their patience throughout the works.

Newbury MP Richard Benyon then cut the ribbon to declare the bridge open.

There were then cheers as the first vehicle to use the new bridge - a Newbury Tools van - passed over safely.

West Berkshire councillor James Fredrickson (Con, Victoria)  said that Newbury had experienced "short term pain" that was needed to bring long-term benefits to the town.   

Network Rail has admitted the £2.5m project is one of the most complex of all its bridge replacements, due to the age of the structure and the number of utilities connected to it.

Boundary Road was previously closed for three months – from July 2015 until October 2015 – while utility services were diverted away from the bridge ahead of the main works taking place.

That closure caused gridlock, with some disgruntled people getting in touch with the Newbury Weekly News to say it was taking them up to 40 minutes to travel across town.

For more, see this week's Newbury Weekly News, out on Thursday. 

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  • BorisTheTamp

    03/02/2017 - 09:09

    Bridge open after ONE YEAR and it`s back to square one for people trying to get to work(woopi doo)Whingers like Bombey/ajitap Shut up, you may live on the road you do not own it, NIMBYs

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  • adijtap

    01/02/2017 - 17:05

    A narrow 20mph residential road - not a rat run for people to speed down as quickly as possible. Council should reinstate proper speed humps that actually slow vehicles down. Agreed, great that's it reopen to ease congestion, but it's not a race track

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  • Bombey

    31/01/2017 - 23:11

    Err 'Residential Rat Run Back Open' surely the title of this article....

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  • boris

    31/01/2017 - 18:06

    Cheers and a ribbon jeez we are celebrating a bridge being replaced after a year a flippin YEAR YES FOLKS AT LEAST 365 DAYS IS THAT ANYTHING TO CELEBRATE

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    • Bombey

      31/01/2017 - 23:11

      an armchair expert speaks...

      Reply

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