The 135-year-old London Road bridge, which crossed the main Derby to Birmingham Railway line, is on track to be demolished between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day, when no trains run.
The temporary footbridge, which opened for pedestrians and cyclists to use to travel along London Road earlier this month, will be closed from 4.00am on Christmas morning until 12 noon on Boxing Day, so that the main bridge can be demolished during the traditional closure of the rail network to passenger services during a 54-hours period over the festive season. People walking and cycling to and from the city centre, will be diverted along the A6 via a signed route through PridePark.
Councillor Ranjit Banwait, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Streetpride, said:
"I would like to thank the people of Derby for the way they have helped us to deliver this project by adapting to the temporary closure of London Road, altering their travel patterns and helping to ensure that traffic has continued to flow around the city.
On Christmas Day while the turkey is in the oven, I’ll be taking a break from the day’s festive preparations and visiting the site to give my personal thanks and appreciation to the engineers who have given up Christmas Day to work on this very important project for the city of Derby.”
The new £6.9 million London Road Bridge is a major investment in infrastructure of the city and its economy. The demolition of the old bridge is a significant milestone in this project which is on target to be completed on time and on budget.”
The £6.9 million essential regeneration project remains on-budget and on-target to be completed by August 2014. Preparations for the demolition are now nearing completion, with old pipes and cables decommissioned, the road surface stripped and kerbs removed.After the demolition, major work will have to take place to adapt the foundations ready for the new bridge.
The project is being delivered through Network Rail, with Morgan Sindall as the principal contractor. The replacement bridge is funded by £4.4 million successfully secured by the Council from the Department for Transport (DfT) and £2 million from the Council’s Capital Budget with third parties contributing £0.5 million.
The replacement London Road Bridge is expected to reopen in August 2014.
For more information about the project, visit the London Road bridge page.
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