Central Bridge in Southampton will be closed for another two-and-a-half months

Central Bridge, pictured, will stay shut for another two-and-a-half months

Central Bridge, pictured, will stay shut for another two-and-a-half months

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

JUST as the end was in sight for roadworks that have shut a key city bridge for months, road bosses have announced it will stay closed for a further two-and-a-half months.

Central Bridge in Southampton has been closed since March as part of a £1.6 million project to replace a failing waterproof layer protecting the 130-year-old brick structure.

It was due to open in the beginning of September but will now remained closed until November.

Daily Echo:

The closure has caused major city centre disruption especially for those using the Itchen Bridge and Platform Road, which has also been the subject on ongoing roadworks.

But now the plight of thousands of drivers will not end until at least November 14, after engineers found the bridge was in worse condition than originally thought and requires more repairs.

Transport boss Councillor Jacqui Rayment said: “The bridge is over 100 years old, so the original drawings that we’ve been working to have been superseded by improvements and fixes that had not been documented, could not have been foreseen and have thrown up some challenges for our engineers.

“However, once we had finally removed the road surface, we’ve been able to add the waterproofing layer to secure the bridge structure for the future and are now working to rebuild the carriageway, including the extension of the Woolston to city centre eastern cycle route.”

To curb traffic chaos, the city council and Balfour Beatty are changing signs to reflect the new timescales and briefing local residents and key stakeholders, including bus operators and Southampton Boat Show organisers.

Daily Echo:

When completed, the bridge will have a new waterproof deck which will help to protect the structure and the arches below.

When completed, the new road layout will allow traffic to access the Itchen Bridge from Terminus Terrace. It will also provide cyclists with a more direct route into the city from Woolston as part of the eastern cycle route corridor.

These works are one of a number of initiatives across the city to manage and improve ‘pinch points’ on the highway network.

Southampton City Council received a total of £2.4 million Department of Transport grant in 2014, which is also funding improvements to the Milbrook and Redbridge flyovers, Northam River Bridge and the Western Approach Rail Bridge.

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5:47am Fri 29 Aug 14

mickey01 says...

RESIGN rayment as once again you have shown how incapable you are and what a joke this council is
RESIGN rayment as once again you have shown how incapable you are and what a joke this council is mickey01
  • Score: 27

6:38am Fri 29 Aug 14

SotonNorth says...

A couple of years ago this bridge was closed for just over a year for maintenance works, and following another half year of maintenance works they reckon it is going to need another couple of months of maintenance works. Would it not have been much quicker and cheaper to replace the old bridge with a new bridge than having 20 months of closures to patch up something which is proving to be life expired?
A couple of years ago this bridge was closed for just over a year for maintenance works, and following another half year of maintenance works they reckon it is going to need another couple of months of maintenance works. Would it not have been much quicker and cheaper to replace the old bridge with a new bridge than having 20 months of closures to patch up something which is proving to be life expired? SotonNorth
  • Score: 47

6:55am Fri 29 Aug 14

sotonboy84 says...

SotonNorth wrote:
A couple of years ago this bridge was closed for just over a year for maintenance works, and following another half year of maintenance works they reckon it is going to need another couple of months of maintenance works. Would it not have been much quicker and cheaper to replace the old bridge with a new bridge than having 20 months of closures to patch up something which is proving to be life expired?
The question for Councillor Rayment is what the hell did they do to the bridge when it was closed for a year?!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]SotonNorth[/bold] wrote: A couple of years ago this bridge was closed for just over a year for maintenance works, and following another half year of maintenance works they reckon it is going to need another couple of months of maintenance works. Would it not have been much quicker and cheaper to replace the old bridge with a new bridge than having 20 months of closures to patch up something which is proving to be life expired?[/p][/quote]The question for Councillor Rayment is what the hell did they do to the bridge when it was closed for a year?!!!!! sotonboy84
  • Score: 42

7:22am Fri 29 Aug 14

bigfella777 says...

SotonNorth wrote:
A couple of years ago this bridge was closed for just over a year for maintenance works, and following another half year of maintenance works they reckon it is going to need another couple of months of maintenance works. Would it not have been much quicker and cheaper to replace the old bridge with a new bridge than having 20 months of closures to patch up something which is proving to be life expired?
No it wasn't, you are confusing the iron rail bridge which is the piece you see as you come off itchen bridge with central bridge which is the brick span that runs along terminus terrace. Two completely different structures I'm afraid.
This council is being milked by Balfour Beatty city wide for as long as possible on all the various projects they are involved in and they have left our transport network in a complete shambles.
[quote][p][bold]SotonNorth[/bold] wrote: A couple of years ago this bridge was closed for just over a year for maintenance works, and following another half year of maintenance works they reckon it is going to need another couple of months of maintenance works. Would it not have been much quicker and cheaper to replace the old bridge with a new bridge than having 20 months of closures to patch up something which is proving to be life expired?[/p][/quote]No it wasn't, you are confusing the iron rail bridge which is the piece you see as you come off itchen bridge with central bridge which is the brick span that runs along terminus terrace. Two completely different structures I'm afraid. This council is being milked by Balfour Beatty city wide for as long as possible on all the various projects they are involved in and they have left our transport network in a complete shambles. bigfella777
  • Score: 25

8:03am Fri 29 Aug 14

TruthTellerTomIV says...

Ignore these idiots Rayment, the bridge was obviously worse than first feared so i'd rather it take 3 months extra than fall through the bridge! THEN YOU'D BE COMPLAINING!
Ignore these idiots Rayment, the bridge was obviously worse than first feared so i'd rather it take 3 months extra than fall through the bridge! THEN YOU'D BE COMPLAINING! TruthTellerTomIV
  • Score: -19

10:48am Fri 29 Aug 14

dtokez says...

get rid of it i say
get rid of it i say dtokez
  • Score: -11

11:22am Fri 29 Aug 14

SotonNorth says...

bigfella777 wrote:
SotonNorth wrote:
A couple of years ago this bridge was closed for just over a year for maintenance works, and following another half year of maintenance works they reckon it is going to need another couple of months of maintenance works. Would it not have been much quicker and cheaper to replace the old bridge with a new bridge than having 20 months of closures to patch up something which is proving to be life expired?
No it wasn't, you are confusing the iron rail bridge which is the piece you see as you come off itchen bridge with central bridge which is the brick span that runs along terminus terrace. Two completely different structures I'm afraid.
This council is being milked by Balfour Beatty city wide for as long as possible on all the various projects they are involved in and they have left our transport network in a complete shambles.
Not completely different, because they did do significant works to the Central Bridge. Certainly, all the metalwork got a good blasting and repainting. Besides this, if Central Bridge was closed for a year for adjacent works, they should have coordinated works on the bridge with works adjacent.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SotonNorth[/bold] wrote: A couple of years ago this bridge was closed for just over a year for maintenance works, and following another half year of maintenance works they reckon it is going to need another couple of months of maintenance works. Would it not have been much quicker and cheaper to replace the old bridge with a new bridge than having 20 months of closures to patch up something which is proving to be life expired?[/p][/quote]No it wasn't, you are confusing the iron rail bridge which is the piece you see as you come off itchen bridge with central bridge which is the brick span that runs along terminus terrace. Two completely different structures I'm afraid. This council is being milked by Balfour Beatty city wide for as long as possible on all the various projects they are involved in and they have left our transport network in a complete shambles.[/p][/quote]Not completely different, because they did do significant works to the Central Bridge. Certainly, all the metalwork got a good blasting and repainting. Besides this, if Central Bridge was closed for a year for adjacent works, they should have coordinated works on the bridge with works adjacent. SotonNorth
  • Score: 12

11:58am Fri 29 Aug 14

Mr E says...

Southampton City Council seems to specialize in making roadworks take four times as long as they should take.

I cant help wondering if they are deliberately creating congestion in a effort to discourage motorists.
Southampton City Council seems to specialize in making roadworks take four times as long as they should take. I cant help wondering if they are deliberately creating congestion in a effort to discourage motorists. Mr E
  • Score: 16

12:59pm Fri 29 Aug 14

sotonboy84 says...

bigfella777 wrote:
SotonNorth wrote:
A couple of years ago this bridge was closed for just over a year for maintenance works, and following another half year of maintenance works they reckon it is going to need another couple of months of maintenance works. Would it not have been much quicker and cheaper to replace the old bridge with a new bridge than having 20 months of closures to patch up something which is proving to be life expired?
No it wasn't, you are confusing the iron rail bridge which is the piece you see as you come off itchen bridge with central bridge which is the brick span that runs along terminus terrace. Two completely different structures I'm afraid.
This council is being milked by Balfour Beatty city wide for as long as possible on all the various projects they are involved in and they have left our transport network in a complete shambles.
I agree, Balfour Beatty are milking the Council but you're wrong about the bridge. Central Bridge is the iron structure, that was previously closed for a year.

Below is a excerpt from English Heritage's listing:

SU4211 Central Bridge
983/4/10043

Railway bridge. 1881-2; by William Jacomb, chief engineer for the London and South Western Railway Company. Three spans; central span over railway lines has riveted iron box-girders supported on riveted iron piers with cross-bracing between; the side spans have iron beams with brick jack-arches between and riveted iron piers. Carriageway has cast-iron parapet balustrades with cast-iron lamp standards.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SotonNorth[/bold] wrote: A couple of years ago this bridge was closed for just over a year for maintenance works, and following another half year of maintenance works they reckon it is going to need another couple of months of maintenance works. Would it not have been much quicker and cheaper to replace the old bridge with a new bridge than having 20 months of closures to patch up something which is proving to be life expired?[/p][/quote]No it wasn't, you are confusing the iron rail bridge which is the piece you see as you come off itchen bridge with central bridge which is the brick span that runs along terminus terrace. Two completely different structures I'm afraid. This council is being milked by Balfour Beatty city wide for as long as possible on all the various projects they are involved in and they have left our transport network in a complete shambles.[/p][/quote]I agree, Balfour Beatty are milking the Council but you're wrong about the bridge. Central Bridge is the iron structure, that was previously closed for a year. Below is a excerpt from English Heritage's listing: SU4211 Central Bridge 983/4/10043 Railway bridge. 1881-2; by William Jacomb, chief engineer for the London and South Western Railway Company. Three spans; central span over railway lines has riveted iron box-girders supported on riveted iron piers with cross-bracing between; the side spans have iron beams with brick jack-arches between and riveted iron piers. Carriageway has cast-iron parapet balustrades with cast-iron lamp standards. sotonboy84
  • Score: 8

1:02pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Donald2000 says...

I think the major problem here is that this infrastructure is very much a legacy of times gone by and is not suitable for the modern traffic situation. It very much looks as if the council could have done a far better job by scrapping the whole thing and recreating it, rather than try to patch something which is by now well over 100 years ago. Why not tear down the ATOS medical centre in Terminus Terrace while they are at it!
I think the major problem here is that this infrastructure is very much a legacy of times gone by and is not suitable for the modern traffic situation. It very much looks as if the council could have done a far better job by scrapping the whole thing and recreating it, rather than try to patch something which is by now well over 100 years ago. Why not tear down the ATOS medical centre in Terminus Terrace while they are at it! Donald2000
  • Score: 0

1:11pm Fri 29 Aug 14

theoriginalwasp says...

Donald2000 wrote:
I think the major problem here is that this infrastructure is very much a legacy of times gone by and is not suitable for the modern traffic situation. It very much looks as if the council could have done a far better job by scrapping the whole thing and recreating it, rather than try to patch something which is by now well over 100 years ago. Why not tear down the ATOS medical centre in Terminus Terrace while they are at it!
Don't drive. Instead walk or cycle.
[quote][p][bold]Donald2000[/bold] wrote: I think the major problem here is that this infrastructure is very much a legacy of times gone by and is not suitable for the modern traffic situation. It very much looks as if the council could have done a far better job by scrapping the whole thing and recreating it, rather than try to patch something which is by now well over 100 years ago. Why not tear down the ATOS medical centre in Terminus Terrace while they are at it![/p][/quote]Don't drive. Instead walk or cycle. theoriginalwasp
  • Score: 4

3:21pm Fri 29 Aug 14

03alpe01 says...

Mr E wrote:
Southampton City Council seems to specialize in making roadworks take four times as long as they should take.

I cant help wondering if they are deliberately creating congestion in a effort to discourage motorists.
and then hope that that's enough to introduce a brand new 'lucrative' congestion charge!
[quote][p][bold]Mr E[/bold] wrote: Southampton City Council seems to specialize in making roadworks take four times as long as they should take. I cant help wondering if they are deliberately creating congestion in a effort to discourage motorists.[/p][/quote]and then hope that that's enough to introduce a brand new 'lucrative' congestion charge! 03alpe01
  • Score: 6

3:25pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Wozzie says...

Mr E wrote:
Southampton City Council seems to specialize in making roadworks take four times as long as they should take.

I cant help wondering if they are deliberately creating congestion in a effort to discourage motorists.
The car parking cost is enough to discourage motorists, that's why a lot of the businesses in the area are struggling.
[quote][p][bold]Mr E[/bold] wrote: Southampton City Council seems to specialize in making roadworks take four times as long as they should take. I cant help wondering if they are deliberately creating congestion in a effort to discourage motorists.[/p][/quote]The car parking cost is enough to discourage motorists, that's why a lot of the businesses in the area are struggling. Wozzie
  • Score: 17

3:56pm Fri 29 Aug 14

downfader says...

Wozzie wrote:
Mr E wrote:
Southampton City Council seems to specialize in making roadworks take four times as long as they should take.

I cant help wondering if they are deliberately creating congestion in a effort to discourage motorists.
The car parking cost is enough to discourage motorists, that's why a lot of the businesses in the area are struggling.
A lot of motorists need to be discouraged. The local figures show that there is a high enough number of people being lazy instead of simply walking the short distance.

Again - businesses arent struggling because of parking. Utter nonsense. Businesses are failing due to high business rates, plus internet shopping and supermarkets undercutting them.
[quote][p][bold]Wozzie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr E[/bold] wrote: Southampton City Council seems to specialize in making roadworks take four times as long as they should take. I cant help wondering if they are deliberately creating congestion in a effort to discourage motorists.[/p][/quote]The car parking cost is enough to discourage motorists, that's why a lot of the businesses in the area are struggling.[/p][/quote]A lot of motorists need to be discouraged. The local figures show that there is a high enough number of people being lazy instead of simply walking the short distance. Again - businesses arent struggling because of parking. Utter nonsense. Businesses are failing due to high business rates, plus internet shopping and supermarkets undercutting them. downfader
  • Score: -7

4:14pm Fri 29 Aug 14

sotonboy84 says...

downfader wrote:
Wozzie wrote:
Mr E wrote:
Southampton City Council seems to specialize in making roadworks take four times as long as they should take.

I cant help wondering if they are deliberately creating congestion in a effort to discourage motorists.
The car parking cost is enough to discourage motorists, that's why a lot of the businesses in the area are struggling.
A lot of motorists need to be discouraged. The local figures show that there is a high enough number of people being lazy instead of simply walking the short distance.

Again - businesses arent struggling because of parking. Utter nonsense. Businesses are failing due to high business rates, plus internet shopping and supermarkets undercutting them.
How did local figures record the "lazy" statistics exactly?
[quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wozzie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr E[/bold] wrote: Southampton City Council seems to specialize in making roadworks take four times as long as they should take. I cant help wondering if they are deliberately creating congestion in a effort to discourage motorists.[/p][/quote]The car parking cost is enough to discourage motorists, that's why a lot of the businesses in the area are struggling.[/p][/quote]A lot of motorists need to be discouraged. The local figures show that there is a high enough number of people being lazy instead of simply walking the short distance. Again - businesses arent struggling because of parking. Utter nonsense. Businesses are failing due to high business rates, plus internet shopping and supermarkets undercutting them.[/p][/quote]How did local figures record the "lazy" statistics exactly? sotonboy84
  • Score: 8

4:33pm Fri 29 Aug 14

mickey01 says...

Mr E wrote:
Southampton City Council seems to specialize in making roadworks take four times as long as they should take.

I cant help wondering if they are deliberately creating congestion in a effort to discourage motorists.
i will be fixed once the summer traffic and cruise traffic has died down so look forward to it happening again next year
[quote][p][bold]Mr E[/bold] wrote: Southampton City Council seems to specialize in making roadworks take four times as long as they should take. I cant help wondering if they are deliberately creating congestion in a effort to discourage motorists.[/p][/quote]i will be fixed once the summer traffic and cruise traffic has died down so look forward to it happening again next year mickey01
  • Score: -3

4:34pm Fri 29 Aug 14

mickey01 says...

TruthTellerTomIV wrote:
Ignore these idiots Rayment, the bridge was obviously worse than first feared so i'd rather it take 3 months extra than fall through the bridge! THEN YOU'D BE COMPLAINING!
STUPID COMMENT mr rayment
[quote][p][bold]TruthTellerTomIV[/bold] wrote: Ignore these idiots Rayment, the bridge was obviously worse than first feared so i'd rather it take 3 months extra than fall through the bridge! THEN YOU'D BE COMPLAINING![/p][/quote]STUPID COMMENT mr rayment mickey01
  • Score: 3

6:05pm Fri 29 Aug 14

downfader says...

sotonboy84 wrote:
downfader wrote:
Wozzie wrote:
Mr E wrote:
Southampton City Council seems to specialize in making roadworks take four times as long as they should take.

I cant help wondering if they are deliberately creating congestion in a effort to discourage motorists.
The car parking cost is enough to discourage motorists, that's why a lot of the businesses in the area are struggling.
A lot of motorists need to be discouraged. The local figures show that there is a high enough number of people being lazy instead of simply walking the short distance.

Again - businesses arent struggling because of parking. Utter nonsense. Businesses are failing due to high business rates, plus internet shopping and supermarkets undercutting them.
How did local figures record the "lazy" statistics exactly?
You'll have to ask the sustainable trust people but:

http://www.polisnetw
ork.eu/uploads/Modul
es/PublicDocuments/s
outhampton-city-coun
cil-lstf-tranche-1-b
id_tcm46-335243.pdf

"Southampton has the second lowest average distance journey to work commute in the South"
[quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wozzie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr E[/bold] wrote: Southampton City Council seems to specialize in making roadworks take four times as long as they should take. I cant help wondering if they are deliberately creating congestion in a effort to discourage motorists.[/p][/quote]The car parking cost is enough to discourage motorists, that's why a lot of the businesses in the area are struggling.[/p][/quote]A lot of motorists need to be discouraged. The local figures show that there is a high enough number of people being lazy instead of simply walking the short distance. Again - businesses arent struggling because of parking. Utter nonsense. Businesses are failing due to high business rates, plus internet shopping and supermarkets undercutting them.[/p][/quote]How did local figures record the "lazy" statistics exactly?[/p][/quote]You'll have to ask the sustainable trust people but: http://www.polisnetw ork.eu/uploads/Modul es/PublicDocuments/s outhampton-city-coun cil-lstf-tranche-1-b id_tcm46-335243.pdf "Southampton has the second lowest average distance journey to work commute in the South" downfader
  • Score: -2

7:51pm Fri 29 Aug 14

thinklikealocal says...

SotonNorth wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
SotonNorth wrote:
A couple of years ago this bridge was closed for just over a year for maintenance works, and following another half year of maintenance works they reckon it is going to need another couple of months of maintenance works. Would it not have been much quicker and cheaper to replace the old bridge with a new bridge than having 20 months of closures to patch up something which is proving to be life expired?
No it wasn't, you are confusing the iron rail bridge which is the piece you see as you come off itchen bridge with central bridge which is the brick span that runs along terminus terrace. Two completely different structures I'm afraid.
This council is being milked by Balfour Beatty city wide for as long as possible on all the various projects they are involved in and they have left our transport network in a complete shambles.
Not completely different, because they did do significant works to the Central Bridge. Certainly, all the metalwork got a good blasting and repainting. Besides this, if Central Bridge was closed for a year for adjacent works, they should have coordinated works on the bridge with works adjacent.
The Council did not do significant works, NetworkRail did. the Council wanted to combine the works they were responsible for but were denied a Government grant. The grant was only made available after Network Rail had commissioned their works. Nothing is simple in Governement no matter how simple it might seem to the public at large...
[quote][p][bold]SotonNorth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SotonNorth[/bold] wrote: A couple of years ago this bridge was closed for just over a year for maintenance works, and following another half year of maintenance works they reckon it is going to need another couple of months of maintenance works. Would it not have been much quicker and cheaper to replace the old bridge with a new bridge than having 20 months of closures to patch up something which is proving to be life expired?[/p][/quote]No it wasn't, you are confusing the iron rail bridge which is the piece you see as you come off itchen bridge with central bridge which is the brick span that runs along terminus terrace. Two completely different structures I'm afraid. This council is being milked by Balfour Beatty city wide for as long as possible on all the various projects they are involved in and they have left our transport network in a complete shambles.[/p][/quote]Not completely different, because they did do significant works to the Central Bridge. Certainly, all the metalwork got a good blasting and repainting. Besides this, if Central Bridge was closed for a year for adjacent works, they should have coordinated works on the bridge with works adjacent.[/p][/quote]The Council did not do significant works, NetworkRail did. the Council wanted to combine the works they were responsible for but were denied a Government grant. The grant was only made available after Network Rail had commissioned their works. Nothing is simple in Governement no matter how simple it might seem to the public at large... thinklikealocal
  • Score: -1

7:52pm Fri 29 Aug 14

thinklikealocal says...

sotonboy84 wrote:
SotonNorth wrote:
A couple of years ago this bridge was closed for just over a year for maintenance works, and following another half year of maintenance works they reckon it is going to need another couple of months of maintenance works. Would it not have been much quicker and cheaper to replace the old bridge with a new bridge than having 20 months of closures to patch up something which is proving to be life expired?
The question for Councillor Rayment is what the hell did they do to the bridge when it was closed for a year?!!!!!
The question for Sotonboy 84, who would like you to believe they 'know what they are talking about', is, why don't you know what you are talking about? Or do you and this is just party politics...
[quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SotonNorth[/bold] wrote: A couple of years ago this bridge was closed for just over a year for maintenance works, and following another half year of maintenance works they reckon it is going to need another couple of months of maintenance works. Would it not have been much quicker and cheaper to replace the old bridge with a new bridge than having 20 months of closures to patch up something which is proving to be life expired?[/p][/quote]The question for Councillor Rayment is what the hell did they do to the bridge when it was closed for a year?!!!!![/p][/quote]The question for Sotonboy 84, who would like you to believe they 'know what they are talking about', is, why don't you know what you are talking about? Or do you and this is just party politics... thinklikealocal
  • Score: -2
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