Central Bridge in Southampton to be closed for six months

Previous work on Central Bridge in Southampton

Previous work on Central Bridge in Southampton

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ONE of Southampton's busiest bridges will be closed for nearly six months for 'major reconstruction' work.

Central Bridge will be shut from March 31 for 24 weeks to replace a failing waterproof layer that protects the 130-year-old brick structure.

Without it the bridge is likely to deteriorate quickly and it would then require much more significant renovation and reconstruction in the future.

The repairs have been funded by government money, which is part of a wider programme to preserve and maintain several bridges and structures in Southampton over the next year.

The reason the work on the bridge has to be closed for a long-period of time is that the government funding for the roadworks is conditional on the work being completed to a 'challenging timescale'.

The closure was previously set to happen last year, but that was cancelled because of the £1.7m project to create a Dutch-style cycle route linking Woolston to the city centre.

Cars and cyclists will now have to use a diversion route through Albert Road North, while the work, which is set to end in September, takes place.

Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, Cllr Jacqui Rayment, said: “This is essential work to preserve this historic bridge, which is a vital link into Southampton city centre.

“Key to all the current major highway work is the need to improve and enhance transport links into and around Southampton, which will support the future economic growth of our city.”

The closure of Central Bridge comes as the city is currently in the midst of major work on its transport network.

Currently £20m worth of improvement work is taking place on the railway line between Southampton Central and Redbridge means passengers have to use a rail-replacement bus service until May, while the Platform for Prosperity project has seen continual roadworks on Platform Road.

Deputy leader and Tory candidate for Southampton City Council, Royston Smith, criticised the closure.

He said: “I think the closure could cause the city to grind to a halt, if all this roadwork and railwork is happening around the same period.”

“I cannot understand why any Government grant has to start on March 31.I understand that if the government gives you money to do repairs then you have usually got to do it. But there comes a point at where the cost of doing it outweighs the importance of the work itself.”

“When you could have people sitting in cars for hours on end, when you have a loss of business production it is bad for the city's reputation and the cost of that outweighs the government grant.”

A spokesman for the AA said “Southampton seems to be plagued by roadworks after roadworks, drivers probably think at what time will this end?”

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4:42pm Fri 21 Mar 14

I D Rugman says...

This bridge was closed for moths a little while back. WHY could they not have done it then? What is wrong with your council? Are they trying to kill the city?
This bridge was closed for moths a little while back. WHY could they not have done it then? What is wrong with your council? Are they trying to kill the city? I D Rugman
  • Score: 57

4:47pm Fri 21 Mar 14

sotonboy84 says...

What the hell did they do to the bridge when it was closed for about a year?!!
What the hell did they do to the bridge when it was closed for about a year?!! sotonboy84
  • Score: 55

4:48pm Fri 21 Mar 14

bigfella777 says...

I D Rugman wrote:
This bridge was closed for moths a little while back. WHY could they not have done it then? What is wrong with your council? Are they trying to kill the city?
Ditto, It was closed for ages and had a total rebuild, I thought the bridge was owned by the railway and was their responsibility it was repaired by them last time.
There just seems to be a campaign by Rayment to repeatedly gridlock the city and give all our cash to Balfour Beaty.
They might as well close dock gate for cruise ships once that starts.
[quote][p][bold]I D Rugman[/bold] wrote: This bridge was closed for moths a little while back. WHY could they not have done it then? What is wrong with your council? Are they trying to kill the city?[/p][/quote]Ditto, It was closed for ages and had a total rebuild, I thought the bridge was owned by the railway and was their responsibility it was repaired by them last time. There just seems to be a campaign by Rayment to repeatedly gridlock the city and give all our cash to Balfour Beaty. They might as well close dock gate for cruise ships once that starts. bigfella777
  • Score: 26

4:48pm Fri 21 Mar 14

sotonboy84 says...

I D Rugman wrote:
This bridge was closed for moths a little while back. WHY could they not have done it then? What is wrong with your council? Are they trying to kill the city?
Funny how Councillor Rayment pops up, yet again...
[quote][p][bold]I D Rugman[/bold] wrote: This bridge was closed for moths a little while back. WHY could they not have done it then? What is wrong with your council? Are they trying to kill the city?[/p][/quote]Funny how Councillor Rayment pops up, yet again... sotonboy84
  • Score: 23

4:49pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Forest Resident says...

No doubt this will mean yet more chaos for cyclists at an already dangerous junction.
No doubt this will mean yet more chaos for cyclists at an already dangerous junction. Forest Resident
  • Score: 6

4:51pm Fri 21 Mar 14

100%HANTSBOY says...

I D Rugman wrote:
This bridge was closed for moths a little while back. WHY could they not have done it then? What is wrong with your council? Are they trying to kill the city?
I think it's a bit more serious than having to close for "moths" this time!
[quote][p][bold]I D Rugman[/bold] wrote: This bridge was closed for moths a little while back. WHY could they not have done it then? What is wrong with your council? Are they trying to kill the city?[/p][/quote]I think it's a bit more serious than having to close for "moths" this time! 100%HANTSBOY
  • Score: 11

4:53pm Fri 21 Mar 14

forest hump says...

I D Rugman wrote:
This bridge was closed for moths a little while back. WHY could they not have done it then? What is wrong with your council? Are they trying to kill the city?
What sort of moths live in this bridge?
[quote][p][bold]I D Rugman[/bold] wrote: This bridge was closed for moths a little while back. WHY could they not have done it then? What is wrong with your council? Are they trying to kill the city?[/p][/quote]What sort of moths live in this bridge? forest hump
  • Score: 11

4:54pm Fri 21 Mar 14

mickey01 says...

rayment you are a joke get out now the bridge was closed not long ago causing chaos for me travelling to and from work and now you are going to put me through that again!! you could at least wait until the football season is over why cant you do something good for the city thats what you were voted in for
rayment you are a joke get out now the bridge was closed not long ago causing chaos for me travelling to and from work and now you are going to put me through that again!! you could at least wait until the football season is over why cant you do something good for the city thats what you were voted in for mickey01
  • Score: 23

5:00pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Costa Baz says...

Do the cruise ships need to be cancelled?
Do the cruise ships need to be cancelled? Costa Baz
  • Score: 7

5:00pm Fri 21 Mar 14

FranknFurther says...

For the love of god, what is it with Southampton and road works? Every corner you turn someone is digging up a road or has a mile of road coned off to prune a few trees. They should operate the Itchen bridge for free during the disruption if they were really sorry for the inconvenience! I unfortunately have to commute into and out of Soton for work. I'm in early, but the drive home is hell even when they aren't closing off half the cities streets. Get it together people or Southampton will shrivel up and died by your own doing.
For the love of god, what is it with Southampton and road works? Every corner you turn someone is digging up a road or has a mile of road coned off to prune a few trees. They should operate the Itchen bridge for free during the disruption if they were really sorry for the inconvenience! I unfortunately have to commute into and out of Soton for work. I'm in early, but the drive home is hell even when they aren't closing off half the cities streets. Get it together people or Southampton will shrivel up and died by your own doing. FranknFurther
  • Score: 30

5:05pm Fri 21 Mar 14

downfader says...

I D Rugman wrote:
This bridge was closed for moths a little while back. WHY could they not have done it then? What is wrong with your council? Are they trying to kill the city?
When it was last closed that was under the Tories and it took about 2 years to complete. I thought they had done this particular work then, tbh.
[quote][p][bold]I D Rugman[/bold] wrote: This bridge was closed for moths a little while back. WHY could they not have done it then? What is wrong with your council? Are they trying to kill the city?[/p][/quote]When it was last closed that was under the Tories and it took about 2 years to complete. I thought they had done this particular work then, tbh. downfader
  • Score: -11

5:10pm Fri 21 Mar 14

From the sidelines says...

"The reason the work on the bridge has to be closed for a long-period of time is that the government funding for the roadworks is conditional on the work being completed to a 'challenging timescale'"

Generally, a challenging timescale is a short timescale, not a long one. Very few projects are challenged by having too much time available.

So, is this the Echo who can't tell the difference between A&E, or the council?
"The reason the work on the bridge has to be closed for a long-period of time is that the government funding for the roadworks is conditional on the work being completed to a 'challenging timescale'" Generally, a challenging timescale is a short timescale, not a long one. Very few projects are challenged by having too much time available. So, is this the Echo who can't tell the difference between A&E, or the council? From the sidelines
  • Score: 7

5:21pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Donald2000 says...

Despite the bridge being partially rebuilt by Network Rail last year, it now appears that the waterproofing layer is in doubt, so now they will have to strip the roadway down to brick and rebuild, presumably including a new waterproofing layer. I don't know why it was not spotted earlier either? So now it is 24 weeks of using Saltmarsh Road or Albert Road North for most pedestrians and cyclists. Absolutely no point in doing the cycle junction while part of the approach to is is closed. Much madness all round; that's the City Council for you.
Despite the bridge being partially rebuilt by Network Rail last year, it now appears that the waterproofing layer is in doubt, so now they will have to strip the roadway down to brick and rebuild, presumably including a new waterproofing layer. I don't know why it was not spotted earlier either? So now it is 24 weeks of using Saltmarsh Road or Albert Road North for most pedestrians and cyclists. Absolutely no point in doing the cycle junction while part of the approach to is is closed. Much madness all round; that's the City Council for you. Donald2000
  • Score: 14

5:58pm Fri 21 Mar 14

KSO16R says...

The work needs to be done. How can it be done if the bridge isn't closed? Are some of you suggesting the repairs are not carried out?
The work needs to be done. How can it be done if the bridge isn't closed? Are some of you suggesting the repairs are not carried out? KSO16R
  • Score: -28

6:10pm Fri 21 Mar 14

in search of the truth says...

Southampton won't be able to cope , judging by the chaos caused by the other roadworks, so I think you should send all the cruise ships up to Liverpool .
Southampton won't be able to cope , judging by the chaos caused by the other roadworks, so I think you should send all the cruise ships up to Liverpool . in search of the truth
  • Score: -9

6:13pm Fri 21 Mar 14

FranknFurther says...

KSO16R wrote:
The work needs to be done. How can it be done if the bridge isn't closed? Are some of you suggesting the repairs are not carried out?
Maybe they can build a new one and put the old one in a bridge museum? At least they won't have to close it down every year for more repairs....
[quote][p][bold]KSO16R[/bold] wrote: The work needs to be done. How can it be done if the bridge isn't closed? Are some of you suggesting the repairs are not carried out?[/p][/quote]Maybe they can build a new one and put the old one in a bridge museum? At least they won't have to close it down every year for more repairs.... FranknFurther
  • Score: 18

6:16pm Fri 21 Mar 14

The Watcher says...

The petty party politicking is now soooooo tiresome.

The bridge was partially rebuilt/strengthened under the Conservatives. Not their fault, it just happened to need repairing.

Now it needs repairing under Labour. Not their fault, it just happened to need repairing.

Why this has to be used as a political ping pong can only be answered by the limelight grabber Cllr Smith.

So what's his alternative? Reject the Govt cash, let the bridge collapse over time and then spend longer at some point in the future picking up the pieces.
The petty party politicking is now soooooo tiresome. The bridge was partially rebuilt/strengthened under the Conservatives. Not their fault, it just happened to need repairing. Now it needs repairing under Labour. Not their fault, it just happened to need repairing. Why this has to be used as a political ping pong can only be answered by the limelight grabber Cllr Smith. So what's his alternative? Reject the Govt cash, let the bridge collapse over time and then spend longer at some point in the future picking up the pieces. The Watcher
  • Score: 4

6:19pm Fri 21 Mar 14

loosehead says...

Best shut Itchen Bridge & divert all traffic to Northam Bridge but wait they can't shut the cash cow can they?
Surely when Network rail repaired the bridge this work could have been done?
I don't get this you've had months of chaos because of the botched cycleway & also the work on the new lay out at dock gate 4 so again why not shut Itchen Bridge & divert the traffic & just get this work done 24 hours a day?
Best shut Itchen Bridge & divert all traffic to Northam Bridge but wait they can't shut the cash cow can they? Surely when Network rail repaired the bridge this work could have been done? I don't get this you've had months of chaos because of the botched cycleway & also the work on the new lay out at dock gate 4 so again why not shut Itchen Bridge & divert the traffic & just get this work done 24 hours a day? loosehead
  • Score: 6

6:33pm Fri 21 Mar 14

S Pance says...

Ms Rayment strikes again!!!
Ms Rayment strikes again!!! S Pance
  • Score: 5

6:35pm Fri 21 Mar 14

wingymouse says...

Maybe it will go back pact the cinema making it safer at night for female cinema goers!
Maybe it will go back pact the cinema making it safer at night for female cinema goers! wingymouse
  • Score: -3

6:35pm Fri 21 Mar 14

S Pance says...

Which bridge is Central Bridge anyway? Is it the one leading up to the Itchy-Chin bridge?!
Which bridge is Central Bridge anyway? Is it the one leading up to the Itchy-Chin bridge?! S Pance
  • Score: -5

7:09pm Fri 21 Mar 14

From the sidelines says...

Is this going to slow traffic enough to make cycling safer, or cause so much confusion that cycling becomes more dangerous.

Inquiring minds, etc.

Nothing else is important. "Two wheels good, four wheels bad." as George Orwell would have said, if he'd ridden a bike.
Is this going to slow traffic enough to make cycling safer, or cause so much confusion that cycling becomes more dangerous. Inquiring minds, etc. Nothing else is important. "Two wheels good, four wheels bad." as George Orwell would have said, if he'd ridden a bike. From the sidelines
  • Score: -7

7:14pm Fri 21 Mar 14

sotonbusdriver says...

Last time it was shut, about 3-4 years ago, the work concentrated on the old victorian iron bridge over the railway line below it.... But central bridge is actually made of 2 different bridges.. The one subject to the work now is the road bridge that spans saltmarsh lane....
I must agree that it would have made sense to extend the road closure and do them both at the same time, but the railway bridge was from the Network Rail budget, whereas this is coming out of the county and local councils budget...
So we can presume they didn't have the funds back then, as they had wasted them on some trashy street art or whatever we didn't really need instead of the roads
Last time it was shut, about 3-4 years ago, the work concentrated on the old victorian iron bridge over the railway line below it.... But central bridge is actually made of 2 different bridges.. The one subject to the work now is the road bridge that spans saltmarsh lane.... I must agree that it would have made sense to extend the road closure and do them both at the same time, but the railway bridge was from the Network Rail budget, whereas this is coming out of the county and local councils budget... So we can presume they didn't have the funds back then, as they had wasted them on some trashy street art or whatever we didn't really need instead of the roads sotonbusdriver
  • Score: 16

7:16pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Donald2000 says...

sotonbusdriver wrote:
Last time it was shut, about 3-4 years ago, the work concentrated on the old victorian iron bridge over the railway line below it.... But central bridge is actually made of 2 different bridges.. The one subject to the work now is the road bridge that spans saltmarsh lane....
I must agree that it would have made sense to extend the road closure and do them both at the same time, but the railway bridge was from the Network Rail budget, whereas this is coming out of the county and local councils budget...
So we can presume they didn't have the funds back then, as they had wasted them on some trashy street art or whatever we didn't really need instead of the roads
Thanks for that sotonbusdriver. Now things are beginning to make a lot more sense.
[quote][p][bold]sotonbusdriver[/bold] wrote: Last time it was shut, about 3-4 years ago, the work concentrated on the old victorian iron bridge over the railway line below it.... But central bridge is actually made of 2 different bridges.. The one subject to the work now is the road bridge that spans saltmarsh lane.... I must agree that it would have made sense to extend the road closure and do them both at the same time, but the railway bridge was from the Network Rail budget, whereas this is coming out of the county and local councils budget... So we can presume they didn't have the funds back then, as they had wasted them on some trashy street art or whatever we didn't really need instead of the roads[/p][/quote]Thanks for that sotonbusdriver. Now things are beginning to make a lot more sense. Donald2000
  • Score: -1

7:17pm Fri 21 Mar 14

robj1969 says...

S Pance wrote:
Ms Rayment strikes again!!!
or Mr Rayment as I call it.....a total F'wit
[quote][p][bold]S Pance[/bold] wrote: Ms Rayment strikes again!!![/p][/quote]or Mr Rayment as I call it.....a total F'wit robj1969
  • Score: 2

7:19pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Family Man says...

The problem with Southampton is that despite constant roadworks,repairs, closures and restrictions, it is always jam tomorrow. Nothing ever seems to improve, it just gets worse and worse with maximum waste, inconvenience and pollution....
The problem with Southampton is that despite constant roadworks,repairs, closures and restrictions, it is always jam tomorrow. Nothing ever seems to improve, it just gets worse and worse with maximum waste, inconvenience and pollution.... Family Man
  • Score: 7

7:33pm Fri 21 Mar 14

robj1969 says...

i forgot to say that the work will be at the same time as the major revamp at J5 on the M27 so Southampton to Portsmouth will grind to a halt for 6 months!!
i forgot to say that the work will be at the same time as the major revamp at J5 on the M27 so Southampton to Portsmouth will grind to a halt for 6 months!! robj1969
  • Score: 5

8:17pm Fri 21 Mar 14

S Pance says...

Is there an alterior motive here? Make things so difficult for the motorist so they take to public transport or bikes?
Is there an alterior motive here? Make things so difficult for the motorist so they take to public transport or bikes? S Pance
  • Score: 7

8:25pm Fri 21 Mar 14

IronLady2010 says...

I'm fairly sure part of the access to the bridge was closed last time to strengthen it. This time they will be working on the main bridge?
I'm fairly sure part of the access to the bridge was closed last time to strengthen it. This time they will be working on the main bridge? IronLady2010
  • Score: -2

8:38pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Lone Ranger. says...

sotonbusdriver wrote:
Last time it was shut, about 3-4 years ago, the work concentrated on the old victorian iron bridge over the railway line below it.... But central bridge is actually made of 2 different bridges.. The one subject to the work now is the road bridge that spans saltmarsh lane....
I must agree that it would have made sense to extend the road closure and do them both at the same time, but the railway bridge was from the Network Rail budget, whereas this is coming out of the county and local councils budget...
So we can presume they didn't have the funds back then, as they had wasted them on some trashy street art or whatever we didn't really need instead of the roads
Goodness more FACTS to get in the way of the moaners
[quote][p][bold]sotonbusdriver[/bold] wrote: Last time it was shut, about 3-4 years ago, the work concentrated on the old victorian iron bridge over the railway line below it.... But central bridge is actually made of 2 different bridges.. The one subject to the work now is the road bridge that spans saltmarsh lane.... I must agree that it would have made sense to extend the road closure and do them both at the same time, but the railway bridge was from the Network Rail budget, whereas this is coming out of the county and local councils budget... So we can presume they didn't have the funds back then, as they had wasted them on some trashy street art or whatever we didn't really need instead of the roads[/p][/quote]Goodness more FACTS to get in the way of the moaners Lone Ranger.
  • Score: 3

9:14pm Fri 21 Mar 14

loosehead says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
I'm fairly sure part of the access to the bridge was closed last time to strengthen it. This time they will be working on the main bridge?
Surely they can divert the traffic towards the church?
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: I'm fairly sure part of the access to the bridge was closed last time to strengthen it. This time they will be working on the main bridge?[/p][/quote]Surely they can divert the traffic towards the church? loosehead
  • Score: 2

9:15pm Fri 21 Mar 14

loosehead says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
I'm fairly sure part of the access to the bridge was closed last time to strengthen it. This time they will be working on the main bridge?
Surely they can divert the traffic towards the church?
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: I'm fairly sure part of the access to the bridge was closed last time to strengthen it. This time they will be working on the main bridge?[/p][/quote]Surely they can divert the traffic towards the church? loosehead
  • Score: 2

10:12pm Fri 21 Mar 14

03alpe01 says...

robj1969 wrote:
i forgot to say that the work will be at the same time as the major revamp at J5 on the M27 so Southampton to Portsmouth will grind to a halt for 6 months!!
Are they resurfacing that part of the motorway? The surface between Junctions 5 and 7 is dreadful!
[quote][p][bold]robj1969[/bold] wrote: i forgot to say that the work will be at the same time as the major revamp at J5 on the M27 so Southampton to Portsmouth will grind to a halt for 6 months!![/p][/quote]Are they resurfacing that part of the motorway? The surface between Junctions 5 and 7 is dreadful! 03alpe01
  • Score: 1

10:26pm Fri 21 Mar 14

robj1969 says...

03alpe01 wrote:
robj1969 wrote:
i forgot to say that the work will be at the same time as the major revamp at J5 on the M27 so Southampton to Portsmouth will grind to a halt for 6 months!!
Are they resurfacing that part of the motorway? The surface between Junctions 5 and 7 is dreadful!
nope, work actually at J5 itself
[quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]robj1969[/bold] wrote: i forgot to say that the work will be at the same time as the major revamp at J5 on the M27 so Southampton to Portsmouth will grind to a halt for 6 months!![/p][/quote]Are they resurfacing that part of the motorway? The surface between Junctions 5 and 7 is dreadful![/p][/quote]nope, work actually at J5 itself robj1969
  • Score: 0

10:41pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Micle1974 says...

This city is cut up by water and train lines
Build more roads and bridges
This city is cut up by water and train lines Build more roads and bridges Micle1974
  • Score: -5

11:36pm Fri 21 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

robj1969 wrote:
i forgot to say that the work will be at the same time as the major revamp at J5 on the M27 so Southampton to Portsmouth will grind to a halt for 6 months!!
Who in their right mind wants to go to Portsmouth anyway?
[quote][p][bold]robj1969[/bold] wrote: i forgot to say that the work will be at the same time as the major revamp at J5 on the M27 so Southampton to Portsmouth will grind to a halt for 6 months!![/p][/quote]Who in their right mind wants to go to Portsmouth anyway? OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 6

11:40pm Fri 21 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Micle1974 wrote:
This city is cut up by water and train lines
Build more roads and bridges
I blame the Romans.
[quote][p][bold]Micle1974[/bold] wrote: This city is cut up by water and train lines Build more roads and bridges[/p][/quote]I blame the Romans. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 3

12:43am Sat 22 Mar 14

IronLady2010 says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
robj1969 wrote:
i forgot to say that the work will be at the same time as the major revamp at J5 on the M27 so Southampton to Portsmouth will grind to a halt for 6 months!!
Who in their right mind wants to go to Portsmouth anyway?
People with sense of venture!
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]robj1969[/bold] wrote: i forgot to say that the work will be at the same time as the major revamp at J5 on the M27 so Southampton to Portsmouth will grind to a halt for 6 months!![/p][/quote]Who in their right mind wants to go to Portsmouth anyway?[/p][/quote]People with sense of venture! IronLady2010
  • Score: -4

1:01am Sat 22 Mar 14

borys126 says...

This is a joke. First there was a work for 12 weeks now for another 24 weeks. Why we still have to pay a toll. Council is ripping us off
This is a joke. First there was a work for 12 weeks now for another 24 weeks. Why we still have to pay a toll. Council is ripping us off borys126
  • Score: 5

3:47am Sat 22 Mar 14

Mary80 says...

loosehead wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
I'm fairly sure part of the access to the bridge was closed last time to strengthen it. This time they will be working on the main bridge?
Surely they can divert the traffic towards the church?
God likes this
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: I'm fairly sure part of the access to the bridge was closed last time to strengthen it. This time they will be working on the main bridge?[/p][/quote]Surely they can divert the traffic towards the church?[/p][/quote]God likes this Mary80
  • Score: 0

7:17am Sat 22 Mar 14

good-gosh says...

.It looks like a right old mess on Google Maps. Knock it down and drop a prefab over.
.It looks like a right old mess on Google Maps. Knock it down and drop a prefab over. good-gosh
  • Score: 3

7:34am Sat 22 Mar 14

loosehead says...

Just a thought! how many of these drivers just follow their sat nav? how many switch it on & sit in traffic jams?
there are many alternative routes you don't need to use this bridge, Yes I think this & all the roadworks in this area were totally b+llsed up but look on Google & you'll see other options.(don't have a Sat Nav.)
Just a thought! how many of these drivers just follow their sat nav? how many switch it on & sit in traffic jams? there are many alternative routes you don't need to use this bridge, Yes I think this & all the roadworks in this area were totally b+llsed up but look on Google & you'll see other options.(don't have a Sat Nav.) loosehead
  • Score: 1

9:20am Sat 22 Mar 14

forest hump says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Micle1974 wrote:
This city is cut up by water and train lines
Build more roads and bridges
I blame the Romans.
What have the Roman's ever done for us?
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Micle1974[/bold] wrote: This city is cut up by water and train lines Build more roads and bridges[/p][/quote]I blame the Romans.[/p][/quote]What have the Roman's ever done for us? forest hump
  • Score: 2

10:15am Sat 22 Mar 14

Bally_Hoo says...

loosehead wrote:
Just a thought! how many of these drivers just follow their sat nav? how many switch it on & sit in traffic jams?
there are many alternative routes you don't need to use this bridge, Yes I think this & all the roadworks in this area were totally b+llsed up but look on Google & you'll see other options.(don't have a Sat Nav.)
This is not really true, all the routes are already full to capacity at peak times, and when there are cruise ships in port, the traffic grinds to a halt on all the alternative routes even with central bridge open.

With central bridge closed my daily commute is going to take a long time, and city centre businesses, already hit by the £2 flat rate evening parking charges will also lose trade during the daytime.

The council should. Have ensured that the work was done when central bridge was closed before.

I suspect as well that the Itchen bridge will also need work in the future, so more delays for motorists and bus passengers and a longer route for cyclist.

Bring back the floating bridge!
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: Just a thought! how many of these drivers just follow their sat nav? how many switch it on & sit in traffic jams? there are many alternative routes you don't need to use this bridge, Yes I think this & all the roadworks in this area were totally b+llsed up but look on Google & you'll see other options.(don't have a Sat Nav.)[/p][/quote]This is not really true, all the routes are already full to capacity at peak times, and when there are cruise ships in port, the traffic grinds to a halt on all the alternative routes even with central bridge open. With central bridge closed my daily commute is going to take a long time, and city centre businesses, already hit by the £2 flat rate evening parking charges will also lose trade during the daytime. The council should. Have ensured that the work was done when central bridge was closed before. I suspect as well that the Itchen bridge will also need work in the future, so more delays for motorists and bus passengers and a longer route for cyclist. Bring back the floating bridge! Bally_Hoo
  • Score: -1

11:09am Sat 22 Mar 14

loosehead says...

Bally_Hoo wrote:
loosehead wrote:
Just a thought! how many of these drivers just follow their sat nav? how many switch it on & sit in traffic jams?
there are many alternative routes you don't need to use this bridge, Yes I think this & all the roadworks in this area were totally b+llsed up but look on Google & you'll see other options.(don't have a Sat Nav.)
This is not really true, all the routes are already full to capacity at peak times, and when there are cruise ships in port, the traffic grinds to a halt on all the alternative routes even with central bridge open.

With central bridge closed my daily commute is going to take a long time, and city centre businesses, already hit by the £2 flat rate evening parking charges will also lose trade during the daytime.

The council should. Have ensured that the work was done when central bridge was closed before.

I suspect as well that the Itchen bridge will also need work in the future, so more delays for motorists and bus passengers and a longer route for cyclist.

Bring back the floating bridge!
Love to see how all these car drivers would cope with no bridge & just the floating bridge.
I remember the tail backs over the Northam Bridge before the Itchen Bridge was built & believe it or not no one blamed the cruise ships & western esplanade was so quite you could have had a football match on it.
[quote][p][bold]Bally_Hoo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: Just a thought! how many of these drivers just follow their sat nav? how many switch it on & sit in traffic jams? there are many alternative routes you don't need to use this bridge, Yes I think this & all the roadworks in this area were totally b+llsed up but look on Google & you'll see other options.(don't have a Sat Nav.)[/p][/quote]This is not really true, all the routes are already full to capacity at peak times, and when there are cruise ships in port, the traffic grinds to a halt on all the alternative routes even with central bridge open. With central bridge closed my daily commute is going to take a long time, and city centre businesses, already hit by the £2 flat rate evening parking charges will also lose trade during the daytime. The council should. Have ensured that the work was done when central bridge was closed before. I suspect as well that the Itchen bridge will also need work in the future, so more delays for motorists and bus passengers and a longer route for cyclist. Bring back the floating bridge![/p][/quote]Love to see how all these car drivers would cope with no bridge & just the floating bridge. I remember the tail backs over the Northam Bridge before the Itchen Bridge was built & believe it or not no one blamed the cruise ships & western esplanade was so quite you could have had a football match on it. loosehead
  • Score: 3

11:14am Sat 22 Mar 14

loosehead says...

unless you knock down all the buildings on at least one side of the road there will always be a problem from the lights to dock gate 4.
I lived in Weston & went to a gym in Shirley I took the bus,
getting across the Itchen Bridge was a grind then right down to dock gate 4 it was choker then when we hit dock gate 4 the traffic opened up & we had free flowing traffic so I can only say what I saw & this traffic problem is nothing to do with cruise ships but everything to do with that bottleneck.
Maybe once this bridge is fixed a one way system can be put into place so easing that bottleneck.
unless you knock down all the buildings on at least one side of the road there will always be a problem from the lights to dock gate 4. I lived in Weston & went to a gym in Shirley I took the bus, getting across the Itchen Bridge was a grind then right down to dock gate 4 it was choker then when we hit dock gate 4 the traffic opened up & we had free flowing traffic so I can only say what I saw & this traffic problem is nothing to do with cruise ships but everything to do with that bottleneck. Maybe once this bridge is fixed a one way system can be put into place so easing that bottleneck. loosehead
  • Score: 4

1:04pm Sat 22 Mar 14

City Final says...

forest hump wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Micle1974 wrote:
This city is cut up by water and train lines
Build more roads and bridges
I blame the Romans.
What have the Roman's ever done for us?
What has Rayment ever done for us?
[quote][p][bold]forest hump[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Micle1974[/bold] wrote: This city is cut up by water and train lines Build more roads and bridges[/p][/quote]I blame the Romans.[/p][/quote]What have the Roman's ever done for us?[/p][/quote]What has Rayment ever done for us? City Final
  • Score: 3

1:05pm Sat 22 Mar 14

fatbloke12 says...

as much as this needs to be done I can't help but think the timing stinks with al the other works in the area at the moment ,some advanced notices on the route might be good too
as much as this needs to be done I can't help but think the timing stinks with al the other works in the area at the moment ,some advanced notices on the route might be good too fatbloke12
  • Score: 2

1:23pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Star29 says...

I have no idea where this bridge is... How can an article be written that does not say where the *%#* bridge is??
I have no idea where this bridge is... How can an article be written that does not say where the *%#* bridge is?? Star29
  • Score: -3

1:47pm Sat 22 Mar 14

george h says...

sotonboy84 wrote:
I D Rugman wrote:
This bridge was closed for moths a little while back. WHY could they not have done it then? What is wrong with your council? Are they trying to kill the city?
Funny how Councillor Rayment pops up, yet again...
Like a bad penny!

A total d******d.
[quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I D Rugman[/bold] wrote: This bridge was closed for moths a little while back. WHY could they not have done it then? What is wrong with your council? Are they trying to kill the city?[/p][/quote]Funny how Councillor Rayment pops up, yet again...[/p][/quote]Like a bad penny! A total d******d. george h
  • Score: -1

1:49pm Sat 22 Mar 14

george h says...

S Pance wrote:
Ms Rayment strikes again!!!
Heard the one about the atom bomb that fell on the Fat Controller Jacqui Rayment and did 50 pence worth of damage?
[quote][p][bold]S Pance[/bold] wrote: Ms Rayment strikes again!!![/p][/quote]Heard the one about the atom bomb that fell on the Fat Controller Jacqui Rayment and did 50 pence worth of damage? george h
  • Score: -3

3:25pm Sat 22 Mar 14

loosehead says...

Star29 wrote:
I have no idea where this bridge is... How can an article be written that does not say where the *%#* bridge is??
You know where the new Morrisons is being built? Chantry Hall? Or the road running along the parks? take that road go past St Mary's rd/street? as if you were going to dock gate 4 & it's on the left. you come across it & turn left to go to dock gate 4 or straight on to go to town. not far from the London Hotel.
[quote][p][bold]Star29[/bold] wrote: I have no idea where this bridge is... How can an article be written that does not say where the *%#* bridge is??[/p][/quote]You know where the new Morrisons is being built? Chantry Hall? Or the road running along the parks? take that road go past St Mary's rd/street? as if you were going to dock gate 4 & it's on the left. you come across it & turn left to go to dock gate 4 or straight on to go to town. not far from the London Hotel. loosehead
  • Score: 4

4:02pm Sat 22 Mar 14

wwozzer says...

What an incompetent bunch of idiots. It wouldn't surprise me at all if they decide the cycle lane between the bridges isn't working in a few months and put a roundabout back in......then call it an improvement!
What an incompetent bunch of idiots. It wouldn't surprise me at all if they decide the cycle lane between the bridges isn't working in a few months and put a roundabout back in......then call it an improvement! wwozzer
  • Score: 1

9:31pm Sat 22 Mar 14

loosehead says...

wwozzer wrote:
What an incompetent bunch of idiots. It wouldn't surprise me at all if they decide the cycle lane between the bridges isn't working in a few months and put a roundabout back in......then call it an improvement!
Ed Milliband said Labour were listening to voters? It's a pity this local Labour party never listened.
They had cyclists sitting down with them showing the way it should be set up but in this councils wisdom(Rayment) they decided to ignore the cyclists & do it their way?
I'd love to see Rayment ride a cycle & do a 90degree turn?
If they wanted this done & all the roadworks done in the shortest time possible they would have shut the Itchen Bridge then done all the work around the clock to get it all done at once but think of the revenue lost?
[quote][p][bold]wwozzer[/bold] wrote: What an incompetent bunch of idiots. It wouldn't surprise me at all if they decide the cycle lane between the bridges isn't working in a few months and put a roundabout back in......then call it an improvement![/p][/quote]Ed Milliband said Labour were listening to voters? It's a pity this local Labour party never listened. They had cyclists sitting down with them showing the way it should be set up but in this councils wisdom(Rayment) they decided to ignore the cyclists & do it their way? I'd love to see Rayment ride a cycle & do a 90degree turn? If they wanted this done & all the roadworks done in the shortest time possible they would have shut the Itchen Bridge then done all the work around the clock to get it all done at once but think of the revenue lost? loosehead
  • Score: 2

10:41pm Sun 23 Mar 14

dolomiteman says...

wingymouse wrote:
Maybe it will go back pact the cinema making it safer at night for female cinema goers!
Can you translate that into English please?
[quote][p][bold]wingymouse[/bold] wrote: Maybe it will go back pact the cinema making it safer at night for female cinema goers![/p][/quote]Can you translate that into English please? dolomiteman
  • Score: -1

10:44pm Sun 23 Mar 14

dolomiteman says...

borys126 wrote:
This is a joke. First there was a work for 12 weeks now for another 24 weeks. Why we still have to pay a toll. Council is ripping us off
There is not a charge to go over central bridge.
[quote][p][bold]borys126[/bold] wrote: This is a joke. First there was a work for 12 weeks now for another 24 weeks. Why we still have to pay a toll. Council is ripping us off[/p][/quote]There is not a charge to go over central bridge. dolomiteman
  • Score: 2

10:48pm Sun 23 Mar 14

dolomiteman says...

loosehead wrote:
Star29 wrote:
I have no idea where this bridge is... How can an article be written that does not say where the *%#* bridge is??
You know where the new Morrisons is being built? Chantry Hall? Or the road running along the parks? take that road go past St Mary's rd/street? as if you were going to dock gate 4 & it's on the left. you come across it & turn left to go to dock gate 4 or straight on to go to town. not far from the London Hotel.
And star29 is still none the wiser with those directions.
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Star29[/bold] wrote: I have no idea where this bridge is... How can an article be written that does not say where the *%#* bridge is??[/p][/quote]You know where the new Morrisons is being built? Chantry Hall? Or the road running along the parks? take that road go past St Mary's rd/street? as if you were going to dock gate 4 & it's on the left. you come across it & turn left to go to dock gate 4 or straight on to go to town. not far from the London Hotel.[/p][/quote]And star29 is still none the wiser with those directions. dolomiteman
  • Score: 0

11:59pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Naya says...

I D Rugman wrote:
This bridge was closed for moths a little while back. WHY could they not have done it then? What is wrong with your council? Are they trying to kill the city?
The city died long ago
[quote][p][bold]I D Rugman[/bold] wrote: This bridge was closed for moths a little while back. WHY could they not have done it then? What is wrong with your council? Are they trying to kill the city?[/p][/quote]The city died long ago Naya
  • Score: 1

2:03am Mon 24 Mar 14

dtokez says...

Get rid of it and build a modern one, nice to keep the old one but we can't afford it!
Get rid of it and build a modern one, nice to keep the old one but we can't afford it! dtokez
  • Score: 1

5:42am Mon 24 Mar 14

WalkingOnAWire says...

KSO16R wrote:
The work needs to be done. How can it be done if the bridge isn't closed? Are some of you suggesting the repairs are not carried out?
Now then, stop trying to be rational, it just won't do. It's considered far better on here to post a mis-spelled rant that denies reality.
[quote][p][bold]KSO16R[/bold] wrote: The work needs to be done. How can it be done if the bridge isn't closed? Are some of you suggesting the repairs are not carried out?[/p][/quote]Now then, stop trying to be rational, it just won't do. It's considered far better on here to post a mis-spelled rant that denies reality. WalkingOnAWire
  • Score: 3

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