Bridge widening works extended in Staple Hill
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The closure of a section of the cycle path at Teewell Hill in Staple Hill has been extended.
This essential closure was put in place in October to allow the foundation works to be carried out to widen the existing road bridge above the Bristol to Bath cycle and walking route. This involves using a small section of the cycle path as a construction site where the embankment foundations are being put in which will eventually hold the new, wider bridge in place.
Simon Spedding, Street Care Design and Operations Group Manager at South Gloucestershire Council, said: “The closure of the railway path has had to be extended for safety purposes. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to your journey while these extended works are carried out.
“Work is taking place on site to put four embankment supports in place at each corner of the bridge which is taking longer than originally anticipated. It is essential that the path remains closed while the construction work is carried out. Safe passage for users of the railway path is not possible during this work.
“We have reviewed the diversion route in partnership with Sustrans and we have put in place a shorter diversion with improved signage which should help to mitigate any further disruption.”
The revised diversion route is via Signal Road access ramp, Signal Road, Teewell Hill, Gloucester Road, Stanley Park Road, Morley Road, Soundwell Road, Midland Road and Acacia Road before re-joining the railway path via the access track.
The closure is expected to stay in place until the end of March 2015. Further updates will be provided as the work progresses.
Once completed, the wider bridge will also provide new footways for pedestrians.
While the railway path is temporarily closed, we are carrying out essential maintenance work to the Staple Hill tunnel including repointing the arch and airshafts. The work is being combined in order to keep any disruption to a minimum.
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