Work on weak bridge delayed until at least 2012

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WORK to replace a weak bridge on a main road in Sheffield is not set to take place for another 18 months - despite the council now having funding for the work.

Woodseats Road’s bridge over the railway line near Abbeydale Road has been reduced to a single lane for a decade, since it was examined in 2001.

It was deemed too weak to cope with heavy lorries, and vehicles now cross one way at a time, controlled by traffic lights.

Funding is now available for the £1.7 million replacement project.

But the work would require closure of the railway line for 48 hours.

A Sheffield Council report has revealed that, due to delays in obtaining money for the scheme, officers were too late to serve notice to Network Rail in time to carry out the work on Christmas and Boxing Day this year.

The festive period is the only time when the line is unused for the required length of time for the work to be carried out.

Officers said the potential disruption caused to rail services meant it would not be possible to carry out the work at any other time other than over Christmas.

As a result, the project is now unlikely to take place any time before Christmas 2012.