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Rail bridge works are on schedule and on budget, says Highways Agency






The project, which began in early March, is expected to cost £1.5m and includes brickwork replacement of the entire bridge, repairs to existing concrete and the heightening of safety barriers along the bridge to coincide with the future electrification of the railway, which was announced by Network Rail last July.
Highways Agency spokesman James Wright this week quashed reports that the work was behind schedule.
“Essentially it’s so far so good,” he said. “As with any project of this kind, in some ways we are ahead of schedule, some things have proved a little more complicated, but we are still on target to finish on time and on budget.
“It’s a complicated scheme and there is a lot that needs to go right, but we are as confident as we can be that we will finish on time in September.”
The work to the bridge has seen narrow lanes implemented on the A339 between the Kings Road and Greenham Road junctions, causing delays during busy rush-hour periods, which are to remain for the duration of the upgrade.
Some overnight bridge closures were also put in place.
The Highways Agency will hand back stewardship of the bridge to West Berkshire Council once the project has been completed.



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