A442 – Expect Delays Next Week.
Have you have heard that next week, from Wednesday, June 27 to Tuesday, July 3 the A442 will be closed in both directions between Wombridge Interchange to Hollinswood Roundabout?
We are keen to ensure disruption during this period is kept to a minimum but we need your help. We appreciate these measures won’t be practical for everyone but here are a few suggestions that will help ease traffic during peak times.
• TAKE ALTERNATIVE ROUTES: Try and avoid using the A442 if at all possible and find alternative routes across Telford or the Town Centre. Have a look at our diversions map here
• WALK,CYCLE, CAR SHARE: If you can, take the opportunity to walk, cycle or car share to work. The trains will be unaffected too so that’s another way to get into the town centre.
• PLAN YOUR JOURNEYS IN ADVANCE: The immediate routes off the A442 could be extremely busy during this period so there may be some disruption. You may wish to allow additional travel time.
We have had lots of questions about the road closure. Here are the answers to our most popular.
Q How long will the A442 be closed?
Try to avoid both the north and southbound lanes on the A442 from Wednesday 27 to Tuesday July 3.
The A442 will be closed from Wednesday 27 June (from 5am) until Tuesday July 3 allowing for one of Europe’s largest cranes to be erected on the southbound carriageway as part of the new Telford Footbridge project.
Here is the full break down of when the roads will be closed:
Wednesday 27 June Northbound OPEN Southbound CLOSED
Thursday 28 June Northbound OPEN Southbound CLOSED
Friday 29 to Tuesday July 3 Northbound CLOSED Southbound CLOSED
Q Are the trains operating?
The trains will be in full operation during the six day closure and are not affected.
Q Is the pedestrian footbridge to the train station open?
The bridge will be closed on Saturday evening but this will be after the last train and will have very little impact on the public.
The bridge will remain fully open until the last train leaves on the evening of Saturday, June 30 and will remain closed during the bridge lift until the early hours of Sunday morning. The bridge will be opened in time for the first train Sunday morning.
Q Why a six day closure?
The crane travels to site in sections on 16 articulated lorries and requires a few days assembly time. The lift is only permitted overnight once the trains are no longer operating and as such this is currently planned for Saturday night and the early hours of Sunday morning.
The crane is a massive structure – one of the largest cranes in Europe and requires 16 articulated lorries to deliver the components. Take a look at the video to see how the crane will be assembled.
Q Where can I find information/maps about diversions?
Visit our webpage www.Telford.gov.uk/footbridge for the most up to date information
The website has diversion maps available, click on ‘Traffic Management’, then on the ‘Diversions’ tab.
Q Where can I find information about traffic updates?
There are several ways to find out about traffic.
Follow our corporate Twitter page @TelfordWrekin and search for the #TelfordFootbridge
Listen to Radio Shropshire’s traffic updates – you’ll need an account to listen online.
Visit https://roadworks.org/ and enter the postcode for the area you wish to know about. The post code for the town centre is TF2 9BF.
Q Why is the road being closed?
The scale of this complex project requires a safe area to operate the crane and the A442 is the only place able to offer a stable platform.
The weight of the new railway bridge is estimated to be around 95 tonnes – that’s the equivalent of more than seven double-decker buses. Such a complex operation requires the LG1750 crane which is ideal for high, heavy lifts. It is being assembled on the southbound section of the A442. The crane itself is too large to be delivered as a single load and will be brought to site by 16, escorted, heavy duty wagons carrying abnormal loads from Wednesday, June 27.
Consequently a number of road closures are necessary. The southbound section of the A442 will be closed from June 27 to July 3 and overnight closures on the northbound lanes will also be in place for safety precautions while the bridge is lifted.
Q Can I watch the lift/when will it take place?
Yes but please note, the lift is most likely to take place between 1am and 4am in the early hours of Sunday (July 1) morning but this time may change due to weather conditions.
The operation is planned to start at midnight on Saturday June 30 and continue into the early hours of Sunday morning on July 1
You can watch the lift via a live stream here
If you want to go and watch it in person, there is a designated viewing area. Parking will be available at Addenbrooke House (TF3 4NT) and people are advised to head to the footbridge and from there and follow the signs to the viewing area along the new footpath.
Q When will the lift be finished?
The roads, if all goes to plan, should be open by Tuesday 3 July.
The lifting of the bridge is subject to wind conditions. If it cannot be lifted in by 4am due to weather conditions on Sunday July 1, then the closures may be extended to allow a second attempt in the early hours of Monday, July 2 night.
Q When will the WHOLE project be finished?
The final section of the footbridge should be finished and opened to the public around December 2018.
The railway bridge is the smaller of two bridges to be lifted in place. The second main bridge is currently being constructed on site and will be lifted into place during September