Bury’s Westley Rail Bridge reopened

It's 6pm on April 7 2017 and two way traffic begins to flow over Bury's Westley Rail Bridge for the first time in 40 months
It's 6pm on April 7 2017 and two way traffic begins to flow over Bury's Westley Rail Bridge for the first time in 40 months
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After 40 months of hold-ups, Westley Rail Bridge reopened to two way traffic last night.

Suffolk Coun ty Council said earlier in the week that it would be open by 7pm last night and traffic was flowing across it by 6pm.

The sorry saga of the Bury St Edmunds bridge began in December 2013 when it was restricted to single lane traffic after the road bed was found to be weak.

There followed three years of work that was as stop-go as the traffic queues while Network Rail and Suffolk County Council’s contractors tried to find working times to suit both and to get a scaffolding scheme agreed.

It then closed completely for eight weeks on February 13 and will reopen bang on time – but it’s not all clear yet.

Some finishing works to the parapets will be done between April 10 and 21 meaning the return of traffic lights between 9.30am and 3.30pm. There will also be restrictions on some Saturday nights until the end of the month.

The view of Westley Bridge we've become familiar with

The view of Westley Bridge we've become familiar with