Bardney Bridge renovations

Meetings to discuss Bardney Bridge Temporary closures to be held on;

Stainfield Village Hall 7pm Thursday 14th March

Bardney Methodist Hall, 7pm Thursday 21st March

Southrey Village Hall, 7pm Thursday 28th March

14.02.19 UPDATE regarding Bardney Bridge temporary closure

Dear Parishioners of Bardney and surrounding area,

I am writing to update you on progress with the bridge maintenance works. Many thanks to BGPC for hosting this update on the village facebook and webpages. Once the work starts we will write to BGPC with weekly updates on progress and traffic management for the following weeks, so that you can be kept informed on the facebook and webpages.

Detailed survey and design work is progressing well and drawings are complete for our contractor to use on site and when programming in the various specialist subcontractors which will be needed for the works.

The works are still planned for the dates which we have previously advised you of (Monday 15th April to Friday 5th July). You may notice on websites such as Roadworks.org that the works are shown as booked until 12th July; this is purely a precaution to ensure that we can occupy the road for an additional week in the event that we encounter additional major problems with the condition of the bridge (when we remove existing road surfacing, paint, waterproofing and rust there are no guarantees of condition beneath). Please note that I do not anticipate us needing to use that week at the moment, and that the programme for the works at the present time meets the original completion date of 5th July.

I have asked my contractor to programme works in such a way that we do not need to close the road in the days up to and over Easter bank holiday weekend, this is something they are negotiating with their subcontractors and I will confirm once a detailed programme is available. However, this will depend on how much work can be done without a road closure. If it is not possible to operate in those first four days without a closure without having a knock on effect on the 12 weeks, we will have to close on the 15th. We could aim to reopen the road for the long Easter weekend (closing it again on Tuesday 23rd April).

Provision for school transport to Branston Community Academy is being arranged. Full timetable details are not finalised yet but I will forward them as soon as I have them. Provision of the double decker bus for pupils on the Bardney side is likely to be retained but will have to travel via Woodhall Spa. Provision of transport for children on the Potterhanworth side is likely to be via a separately commissioned mini-bus.

Service bus provision will also be made (additional to the bus which is also used by the school children) for the Bardney side and the Potterhanworth side, a tendering process is being carried out and options are being evaluated, until that process is complete full details will not be available for contractual reasons, but again I will forward timetable details once they are available.

Some people may wish to park cars on the Potterhanworth side of the bridge overnight so that they do not need to follow the diversion route during the day. There is a possibility that some private land may be available for this, but that is a private arrangement. It is only fair to state now, that the County Council's position on this is that where people make alternative parking arrangements to their normal ones, they do so out of choice and at their own risk, as there is a suitable diversion route signed for use (I do of course appreciate that this is a lengthy route, but it is safe for use).

Some of you will be aware that I have asked the BGPC for their views on a colour scheme for the repainting of the bridge. After some discussion, the favourite is that we use a two tone green option which reflects the colours used by the Great Northern Railway towards the end of the nineteenth century. The reason for this is that there is some suggestion that when the bridge was built, it was part funded by GNR (it is quite similar to railway bridge design of that time so this is very possible), so the colours have a link to heritage, and also are quite close to the (now very faded) green the bridge was last repainted in back in 1993. Our contractors are asking suppliers to come up with colours mixed to match the old GNR ones and we will trial these in due course.

There will be more publicity about the road closure in the near future. I will also be in touch again once timetables for buses are available.

Regards,

Richard Waters Principal Engineer (Structures)

Technical Services Partnership, Lincolnshire County Council, Crown House, Grantham Street, Lincoln, LN2 1BD

Today BGPC met with members of the LCC Highways team dealing with the closure of Bardney Bridge.

LCC Bridge Team stated that the reason for the closure of bridge is to carry out repairs to the structural fault that has been identified. Whilst this work is being carried out the intention is to re-paint and re-proof the bridge at the same time, in order to prevent the bridge requiring further closure. The work is to be phased to allow different tasks to be carried out at the same time whenever possible.

Work is scheduled to take 12 weeks, however it is envisaged that the bridge will remain open for Easter week and hopefully re-open to traffic for the last week. Pedestrian and cycle access will be available for the majority of the time, however for health and safety reasons there may be times when this needs to be closed, however advanced notification will be provided and it will not be carried out at the busiest times.

BGPC has requested that LCC Highways actively look into instating a temporary car park on the Causeway side of the bridge. Organisations such as the emergency services, public buses, school buses, social and care organisations have all been notified and they are currently considering their contingency plans.

As a result of the meeting BGPC will be providing the following;,/p>

• In the lead up to the closure a monthly update will be provided.

• Whilst the work is ongoing a weekly update will be provided.

• Updates and timetables on public and school timetables as soon as they become available. BGPC will make this available via;

• Bardney Noticeboard Facebook page,

• a specific page on the BGPC website,

• the Parish Magazine

• village noticeboards

• posters in the Post Office and Co-op Enter page text here