Repairs will shut Southampton's Central Bridge for six months

Daily Echo: Central Bridge in Southampton is set to shut for six months Central Bridge in Southampton is set to shut for six months

DRIVERS are bracing themselves as six months of vital repairs begin on a city centre bridge today – but there’s plenty more to come.

The Daily Echo can today reveal that the closure that is set to cause a traffic headache for thousands of motorists is part of a multi-million pound scheme to repair six bridges across the city.

As previously reported, road bosses have warned drivers to expect delays as Central Bridge is shut for six months.

But this is just the beginning as Southampton City Council has secured Government cash to carry out repairs to the Millbrook flyover, Redbridge flyover, the Western Approach Rail Bridge, Northam Bridge and Vicarage Bridge – and all must be completed by March next year.

The money to pay for most of the repairs comes from ‘Pinch Point’ funding, which was secured by Southampton City Council after they bid for it in February last year.

The work will be carried out by Balfour Beatty in partnership with Southampton City Council.

Southampton City Council has not revealed the total cost of the entire scheme and the funding is subject to all of them being completed by March.

The repairs to Central Bridge will cost nearly £1.7m, with £850,000 of this from the Government.

The rest of the money will come from different sources including the Regional Growth Fund (£350,000), Local Transport Plan (£150,000) and (£300,000) from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

Currently the city’s transport network is in the midst of major repairs as £20m of improvement work on the railway between Southampton Central and Redbridge – which means passengers have to use a rail-replacement bus service at weekends until May.

Meanwhile, another major council project to create a dual carriageway has seen continual roadworks on Platform Road near Town Quay.

There are also roadworks between Marsh Lane to Bernard Street that will end in May, for the replacement of the Central Bridge and Saltmarsh Road roundabout with a traffic signal controlled junction.

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1:50pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Mr E says...

Whoever is responsibe for this in the Environment dept at Southampton City Council deserves to be sacked with Extreme Predjudice
Whoever is responsibe for this in the Environment dept at Southampton City Council deserves to be sacked with Extreme Predjudice Mr E
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2:09pm Mon 31 Mar 14

FreemantleJamez says...

Mr E wrote:
Whoever is responsibe for this in the Environment dept at Southampton City Council deserves to be sacked with Extreme Predjudice
Why should they be sacked? Its good news that the council have secured government funding to carry out these vital repairs.
[quote][p][bold]Mr E[/bold] wrote: Whoever is responsibe for this in the Environment dept at Southampton City Council deserves to be sacked with Extreme Predjudice[/p][/quote]Why should they be sacked? Its good news that the council have secured government funding to carry out these vital repairs. FreemantleJamez
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2:16pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Rapido says...

Good luck with this. I moved away from Southampton to live in Evesham 3 years ago.Traffic was bad then but I know it has got worse since. Here in Evesham we have just completed the rebuilding of one of our two bridges which was promsed to take 6 months, In fact, it has taken a year!. The congestion that this caused was phenomenal. I can't begin to think of the chaos this will all cause in Southampton!!
As I said, good luck but I will make a note not to come back for a year.
Good luck with this. I moved away from Southampton to live in Evesham 3 years ago.Traffic was bad then but I know it has got worse since. Here in Evesham we have just completed the rebuilding of one of our two bridges which was promsed to take 6 months, In fact, it has taken a year!. The congestion that this caused was phenomenal. I can't begin to think of the chaos this will all cause in Southampton!! As I said, good luck but I will make a note not to come back for a year. Rapido
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2:45pm Mon 31 Mar 14

townieboy says...

Back handers for all involved. No ones worried about congestion in the council they mostly live miles away and those that dont are home before traffic builds up.
Back handers for all involved. No ones worried about congestion in the council they mostly live miles away and those that dont are home before traffic builds up. townieboy
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3:00pm Mon 31 Mar 14

TEBOURBA says...

If Balfour Beatty carry out the work to the same standards as they apply to pot hole repairs then they will be doing it all over again six months after they've finished and now doubt be paid for doing so..
The City Council/ Balfour Beatty Partnership is a rip off, taxpayers are paying through the nose for an inefficient service which benefits only the Balfour Beatty shareholders, it should be scrapped and works put out to competitive tender.
If Balfour Beatty carry out the work to the same standards as they apply to pot hole repairs then they will be doing it all over again six months after they've finished and now doubt be paid for doing so.. The City Council/ Balfour Beatty Partnership is a rip off, taxpayers are paying through the nose for an inefficient service which benefits only the Balfour Beatty shareholders, it should be scrapped and works put out to competitive tender. TEBOURBA
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3:07pm Mon 31 Mar 14

FranknFurther says...

My main concern is that there is only one way onto the bridge via Albert Rd. For some unknown reason, they had closed off the route from Canute rd as I passed through this morning. Can anyone advise if this is still the case at the moment?
My main concern is that there is only one way onto the bridge via Albert Rd. For some unknown reason, they had closed off the route from Canute rd as I passed through this morning. Can anyone advise if this is still the case at the moment? FranknFurther
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3:57pm Mon 31 Mar 14

WalkingOnAWire says...

townieboy wrote:
Back handers for all involved. No ones worried about congestion in the council they mostly live miles away and those that dont are home before traffic builds up.
Would you like to back that accusation up with some evidence? I'm sure the police would be very interested to see what you've got in the way of proof.
[quote][p][bold]townieboy[/bold] wrote: Back handers for all involved. No ones worried about congestion in the council they mostly live miles away and those that dont are home before traffic builds up.[/p][/quote]Would you like to back that accusation up with some evidence? I'm sure the police would be very interested to see what you've got in the way of proof. WalkingOnAWire
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5:13pm Tue 1 Apr 14

marieb says...

townieboy wrote:
Back handers for all involved. No ones worried about congestion in the council they mostly live miles away and those that dont are home before traffic builds up.
Its a grade 2 listed bridge and has to be kept in tip top condition the Government is footing half of the repairs that have to be carried out by September or the funding would be lost so then it would fall on the Southampton rate payers . We live in a city surrounded by water and most approach roads are over bridges they have to be maintained so there are no back handers when it comes to bridge maintenance it is a costly upkeep but has to be done .I am sure you would be the first to complain if you or anyone close to you had an accident caused by a badly maintained bridge
[quote][p][bold]townieboy[/bold] wrote: Back handers for all involved. No ones worried about congestion in the council they mostly live miles away and those that dont are home before traffic builds up.[/p][/quote]Its a grade 2 listed bridge and has to be kept in tip top condition the Government is footing half of the repairs that have to be carried out by September or the funding would be lost so then it would fall on the Southampton rate payers . We live in a city surrounded by water and most approach roads are over bridges they have to be maintained so there are no back handers when it comes to bridge maintenance it is a costly upkeep but has to be done .I am sure you would be the first to complain if you or anyone close to you had an accident caused by a badly maintained bridge marieb
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