Work finally to begin on strengthening rail bridge

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LONG-AWAITED work to replace a weak bridge over a Sheffield rail line will finally take place over Christmas.

The project, involving the Woodseats Road bridge, off Abbeydale Road, will get under way late on Christmas Eve, once trains have stopped running.

Preparation work at the site has already begun with teams working overnight while no trains are running below.

The project is one of hundreds of jobs which will be completed by Network Rail over Christmas Day and Boxing Day – the only two days of the year when, traditionally, no passenger services run. During this time the existing bridge will be demolished and a new deck lifted into place.

A Network Rail spokesman said: “The bridge is no longer fit for purpose and this full replacement will not only be much easier to maintain but will also allow the removal of the traffic lights on the bridge and current weight restriction.”

The scheme is being fully funded by Sheffield Council. Woodseats Road bridge will be closed from 9pm on Saturday, December 24, and Wednesday, December 28. Work on Tuesday into Wednesday will involve surfacing the road and will not disrupt trains.

Coun Leigh Bramall, Sheffield Council cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “These works are essential to protect the safety of the railway and the people who use the bridge every day. We hope the works will cause minimal disruption to motorists and residents.”

A footbridge is in place to allow pedestrians to cross during the works though this will have to be closed for short periods during the demolition and lifting activities.