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£300,000 to fix railings at Bishopstoke site of teen’s river crash
UP to £300,000 looks set to be spent repairing railings and a river wall after a major crash along a busy Hampshire road.
But investigations since then have uncovered extensive cracking along the river wall and, rather than a smaller scale repair, civic chiefs are looking to replace a 100 metre stretch of railing and brickwork.
Once Environmental Agency approval is in place, work could start early next year.
As previously reported, an 18-year-old driver had to be rescued after his car burst through the railings and fell nose-first into the water in November last year.
The youngster was said to be in severe shock as his legs and chest became submerged in the freezing tributary of the Itchen River. Police officers were eventually able to open the boot of his car and help him scramble out.
Hampshire County Council says the work they intend to carry out will be similar to repairs previously made on the retaining wall on the opposite side of the river, on Montague Road, with a sheet piled wall and brickwork capping.
Bosses say this will ensure the long term stability of the wall and adjacent footpath.
The authority’s executive member for economy, transport and environment, Seán Woodward, pictured right, said: “The road traffic incident not only destroyed the railings that were present but unveiled cracks in the underlying concrete that need significant structural repair work.
“Now that an investigation has taken place, a repair designed and funding made available, we can plan the remaining work before being able to commence the repairs on site.
“Because of the larger works now being planned, an ecological report and subsequent approval from the Environment Agency are needed prior to work starting on site. It is therefore anticipated that site works will start early next year.
“I apologise for any inconvenience this has caused for local residents and I want to assure you that we are working hard to get the new wall and railings in place as soon as possible.”
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