Bridge Works to Span 12 Months

Bridge Works to Span 12 Months

Main construction works to build and install a new footbridge to link Telford Town Centre with Telford Central railway station are due to start in earnest later this month.

Works to build new footbridge set to start
This is an extremely complex and challenging engineering project spanning two dual carriageways and the live Shrewsbury-Wolverhampton railway line.

Initial vegetation clearance, surveying and underground services investigation works have already taken place earlier this year to prepare the site for the main construction.

The new footbridge will replace the existing, outdated red “meccano” bridge – which is very expensive to maintain, is too steep and does not comply with modern access legislation.

It will be completed by autumn 2018 as part of Telford’s 50th birthday celebrations.

Balfour Beatty, the main contractor for the construction of the new footbridge, will very shortly begin to establish their main compound and welfare facilities in the station overflow car park area off Euston Way.

Traffic management will be installed from late October on the A442 and Rampart Way.

It will be necessary to close the nearside lanes of both the A442 and Rampart Way throughout the works to safeguard the construction areas on either side of the A442 and on the town centre side of Rampart Way.

Traffic management will also be installed on the Euston Way entrance to Telford Central railway station to enable the approaching busway to be realigned immediately outside the train station building.

Once the compound is established, work will continue through to the end of 2018. The majority of works will be during the day, although some activities – particularly close to the railway – will have to be carried out at night.

A number of further road closures will be necessary throughout the works to allow for delivery of sections of the new bridge and the bridge being constructed.

Councillor Angela McClements, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Transport, said: “The Telford Central Footbridge project is part of the £12m Telford Town Centre Connectivity Package, which is funded through the Department for Transport Highways Challenge Fund.

“The new bridge will form a landmark gateway to Telford Town Centre and will make access easier for pedestrian, disabled people and cyclists.

“The construction and installation of the new bridge and the demolition of the old one is going to be very complicated from a logistical point of view and could pose some significant challenges.

However, the new bridge will be a significant enhancement to the Town Centre’s connectivity and accessibility,

17 thoughts on “Bridge Works to Span 12 Months

  • October 6, 2017 at 10:05 am
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    12 months? Are they serious? They dropped a new footbridge in over the EP a few years ago to Stafford Park in a day!

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  • October 6, 2017 at 10:16 am
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    Let’s hope they finish roadworks on rampart way first. It’s already bad enough without more.

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  • October 6, 2017 at 10:44 am
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    The red bridge is a iconic landmark of Telford. Wish they wud leave it alone. When u see that bridge after been away for a few days u see that bridge and u know ur in Telford

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  • October 6, 2017 at 10:50 am
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    They need to finish all the roadworks they started ages ago first before even thinking of doing this bridge. It will just cause more problems on the road if they do it now.

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  • October 6, 2017 at 11:16 am
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    Any other 12 months of disruption round the town centre…. whoop whoop!!

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  • October 6, 2017 at 11:17 am
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    And the nhs is under threat yet we have a new fancy fucking bridge that some one goon will no doubt trash within 12 months #WasteOfMoney

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  • October 6, 2017 at 12:12 pm
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    12 million for a bridge yet fuck all for our hospital. 🙁 the officials in this town have always been currupt for at least the last 45 years since I moved here . 🙁 disgusting.

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  • October 6, 2017 at 12:28 pm
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    Be £12m well spent if the workers worked 10hrs a day with little breaks like the rest of us
    90% of the time I drive past and see a couple working and the rest watching
    Telford has lost faith in the projects esp now the road works are well overdue on there promise
    And now another minimum 12 months of congestion!!!
    Whoever had this amazing idea I am sure gets the train into town as surely can’t bloody live here

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