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Colwall Bridge officially opened

Posted: 28/09/2009 00:00:18

Colwall’s new bridge was officially opened by Councillor John Stone, chairman of Herefordshire Council, on Wednesday, September 23rd.

Councillor Stone said: “I would like to thank everyone involved in this project for fast-tracking this new bridge, especially Network Rail and our own cabinet member Councillor Brian Wilcox.

“I also fully appreciate the amount of inconvenience this work has caused to motorists, local residents and traders and would like to thank them for their patience while the new bridge was being built.

“Network Rail did a fantastic job in keeping residents up-to-date on the project’s progress and Carrillion carried out the construction work with great care and attention to detail, helped by Amey who maintained the temporary routes and signals when there were restrictions on the old bridge.

“Bill Wiggin MP must also be thanked for bringing together the parties involved, especially during the summit on the old bridge, and helping to solve problems with fast-tracking the project,” he added.

To mark the official opening, a parade of Morgan cars was held. The Morgan Motor company is 100 years old – the same age as the old Colwall Bridge – and is based at Malvern, near Colwall, so it seemed fitting to have the cars on display.

Councillor Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council’s cabinet member for highways and transportation, who led the campaign to get the new bridge built as quickly as possible, also arrived for the ceremony in a Morgan car.

The Malvern Chase Brass Band provided music for the opening. Refreshments were provided at Colwall School which also had an exhibition of its plans for the school on display.

The bridge had been closed in August 2007 due to concerns over its strength. It had been re-opened to light traffic in December 2007 following structural analysis and the installation of a safe route over the bridge.

Herefordshire Council worked with Network Rail, the owners of the bridge, to fast-track the construction of the new bridge. It would normally take around three years for a bridge like this to be designed and built – the Colwall Bridge has been built in just half this time.

At a public meeting last year the council, along with Network Rail – the bridge’s owner – committed to getting this replacement bridge built as quickly as possible

Following the accelerated design, approval and procurement process, construction work began in January this year with the installation of a temporary footbridge and the closure of the bridge.

Works were completed with the construction of the bridge deck, bridge parapets, safety fencing, surfacing and lighting. Some works to the lighting are still to be completed and this will be done at the earliest opportunity now that the bridge is open.

The bridge re-opened to traffic on June 26.

The new bridge – which has a single lane controlled by traffic lights - includes wider footways on both sides of the carriageway to make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists to use.

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