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Bridge work will close road for four months
10:00am Monday 4th November 2013 in News
IT HAS been announced that part of the B3051 road will be closed for four months in 2014 to allow for works to raise the height of the road’s existing bridge over the rail line in Overton.
The bridge, which takes traffic into the village from the north and out of the village towards Newbury, needs to be altered to accommodate larger containers now coming through Southampton Docks.
A public drop-in meeting on the work is set to be held on 21 November in St Mary’s Hall from 2pm until 7.30pm in Overton for residents.
The works are planned to commence in early January 2014 with temporary diversion of statutory utilities to enable demolition and reconstruction of a new bridge during a possession of the railway in mid February 2014.
Approach roadworks will then continue until early May.
It will be necessary to have a temporary road closure at the bridge site and traffic diversion route in place from early February 2014 to early May 2014. Overton Parish councillor Brian Langer said: “This work, which we will obviously have to live with, is particularly galling when at a meeting in 2011 Network Rail categorically stated that this bridge would not have to be closed to vehicular traffic in order for the necessary work to be done.
“There will be a lot of inconvenience in Overton to those accessing the station from the north, to schoolchildren living north of the railway accessing both Overton Primary and Testbourne Secondary school in Whitchurch.
“Those north of the railway line that use Overton for work or shopping and those in Overton who work at Aldermaston and the Newbury area will also face disruptions.”
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