Westley Rail Bridge cracking worse than expected

Closed Westley Rail Bridge in Newmarket Road, Bury St Edmunds


Picture Mark Westley

Closed Westley Rail Bridge in Newmarket Road, Bury St Edmunds Picture Mark Westley

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Cracking in Westley Rail Bridge was worse than expected but the long awaited repair work is still on time.

The bridge on Newmarket Road, Bury St Edmunds, was closed two weeks ago and will remain shut until April, but Suffolk County Council said on Wednesday evening that it is going to plan.

The road surface has been removed to expose the top of the existing bridge deck, and despite encountering more extensive cracks in the slab than expected, it has now been repaired during overnight rail closures over the last two weekends.

Workers are currently installing around 8,000 connectors in the existing deck. Once finished, a new reinforced concrete slab will be laid over the top of the deck.

While the road is closed, highways teams are also repairing the road surface between the bridge and the Westley A14 roundabout.

A meeting was also held to update councillors on progress of the work, during which it was agreed that the four-way traffic lights in Westley will now only operate at peak times to avoid unnecessary delays. The diversion signage will be reviewed to ensure motorists are not confused on the route.

Cllr Beccy Hopfensperger, who chaired the meeting, said:“Thanks to everyone who has shared their views on the project.

“We accept that other routes into Bury St Edmunds have been busier than normal during peak periods as a result of the closure, but we’re happy to see traffic is flowing better than anticipated.”