Teewell Hill bridge works to go on until March
Published on: 02 Jan 2015
DRIVERS and cyclists in Staple Hill face continued disruption until the spring because the works at Teewell Hill are taking longer than expected.
A section of the Bristol to Bath railway path has been closed since October to allow foundation works to be carried out to widen the road bridge over the track.
Part of the walking and cycling route has been turned into a temporary construction site, so users have to take a diversion.
Simon Spedding, of South Gloucestershire Council, said the closure of the path was likely to remain in place until the end of March.
“The closure of the railway path has had to be extended for safety purposes. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to your journey while these extended works are carried out.
“Work is taking place on site to put four embankment supports in place at each corner of the bridge which is taking longer than originally anticipated. It is essential that the path remains closed while the construction work is carried out. Safe passage for users of the railway path is not possible during this work.
“We have reviewed the diversion route in partnership with Sustrans and we have put in place a shorter diversion with improved signage which should help to mitigate any further disruption.”
While the path is closed, the council is taking the opportunity to carry out essential maintenance work to the Staple Hill tunnel including repointing the arch and airshafts.
The revised diversion route is via Signal Road access ramp, Signal Road, Teewell Hill, Gloucester Road, Stanley Park Road, Morley Road, Soundwell Road, Midland Road and Acacia Road before re-joining the railway path via the access track.
Once completed, the wider bridge will also provide new footways for pedestrians.