Long awaited work to Westley rail bridge due to start next week

Westley rail bridge, Bury St Edmunds ANL-150705-090954001
Westley rail bridge, Bury St Edmunds ANL-150705-090954001
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Long awaited repair work on a bridge which has been delayed and caused traffic hold-ups for two years is due to start on Monday.

The Westley rail bridge, in Newmarket Road, was made a single lane to traffic in December 2013 in preparation for works to fix ‘significant structural weaknesses’.

While preliminary work has been undertaken, a start date for construction was not finalised following ongoing negotiations between Suffolk County Council and Network Rail.

This week a council spokesman confirmed the repairs are due to start on Monday, January 25 and are scheduled until the end of March.

Previously the council said the traffic signals were installed to ‘prevent traffic from loading the areas of the bridge that were found to be weak’.

The strengthening works will enable the bridge to carry two lanes of unrestricted traffic again.