Bridge closure causes disruption for passengers

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BUS passengers have complained about disruption due to the continued closure of a main road in Sheffield.

Services 75 and 76 normally use Woodseats Road between Abbeydale Road and Woodseats but the bridge over the rail line is closed due to delays to rebuilding work. The project, supposed to be completed earlier this week, is unlikely to be finished until at least the end of the month.

Both bus services are being diverted via Hutcliffe Wood and Abbey Lane.

A resident of Bocking Lane, Greenhill, said: “It is not only meaning longer journeys but the diversion to the 76 from our area means we can no longer get a direct service into Woodseats.

“They ought to send one bus an hour on a circular route into Woodseats so people can get to the shops.”

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive said: “Due to the replacement of the bridge over the railway, Woodseats Road is closed.

“First services 75 and 76 are subject to diversions as the road will remain closed for the foreseeable future.”

Network Rail, which was working with Balfour Beatty to carry out the work on Woodseats Road bridge said the project had been hit by strong winds over Christmas Day and Boxing Day, when the main beams were due to be craned into place.

As a result, only the bridge over the main tracks has been completed but a second section still needs work.