Wind setback for £27m road plans

Weather problems: Strong winds have delayed work to build a bridge as part of White Rose Way widening plans.
Weather problems: Strong winds have delayed work to build a bridge as part of White Rose Way widening plans.
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WORK to widen Doncaster’s White Rose Way has suffered a setback after high winds brought progress on a bridge to a halt.

Builders had planned to drop into place six giant steel beams over the Christmas bank holiday period, while there would be no trains on the railway lines which the bridge will span.

But the weather conditions meant only one of the beams has now been put into place.

Project managers must now to try to find another date when the work can be done using a giant crane which had been brought to the site specially for the job.

Roads which had been closed to allow the work to be done were re-opened ahead of schedule on Boxing Day evening, rather than yesterday, because of the problem.

Network Rail had given contractors 48 hours to finish the work on the A6182 across the East Coast Main Line in Doncaster between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day.

Neil Firth, Doncaster Council’s head of transport and accessibility, said the delay was very disappointing.

He said: “Despite all the years of planning, one of the things we can’t plan against is the weather.

“It’s been an extremely windy weekend and we are lifting 280 tonnes of steel bridge beam over the East Coast Main Line.

“There will be a financial impact because we are going to have to organise new dates and it may well put the programme back.”

Mr Firth said he was now planning talks with Network Rail to find another date when work could be done. But he said the work would have to be done over shorter periods than the 48 hours originally planned.

It would have to be arranged at a time when the giant crane is available, which is now due to leave the site to travel to a project in Scotland.

The bridge is due to be put in place between the Potteric Car and Ladybank roundabouts.

The work is part a £27 million scheme to make the road a dual carriageway.