Fresh bid for bridge-building time slots

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WORK on the new bridge over White Rose Way, Doncaster, could resume in the New Year after the Christmas schedule was ruined by strong winds.

Extreme weather conditions meant just one of the six bridge beams could be safely positioned over the East Coast Main Line rail route during the 48-hour window granted by Network Rail.

Doncaster Council has started negotiations with Network Rail and other parties to find new dates for the bridge lifts, with shorter track possession periods which potentially allow them to look at dates early in the New Year.

Gill Gillies, council assistant director of environment, said: “Given the scale and complexity of the operation, the programme of works was greatly disrupted by consistently high wind speeds which aren’t always noticeable at ground level.

“Years of planning have gone into building up to this critical milestone, so this is a major setback. Unfortunately, we can’t control the British weather.

“These works along the A6182 White Rose Way are vital for stimulating further investment and economic growth across the borough, so we are working tirelessly to find the earliest possible resolution.”

A 1,200 tonne crane had been set up to lift in the 184m-long two-lane bridge and beams weighing 250 tonnes were to be lifted onto bridge supports over Christmas.