Bardney Bridge renovations



The bridge will be closed between Monday 15th April (planned time 07.30) and Friday 5th July. It will re-open for the Easter Weekend. The bridge will reopen again on Thursday 18th April (planned time 17.00)and closing again on Easter Tuesday 23rd April (planned time 07.30). Please plan your journey times to allow additional time if travelling within the closure times

During the Easter holidays, the 'trigger' signs which intercept travellers as they approach Bardney, will be laid down, but the signs along the diversion route (diverted traffic arrows etc.) will remain standing (because without the triggers they won't be actually directing anyone, and it saves time and money putting them all back up again after the break).


There will be access for pedestrians and cyclists, however cyclists must dismount and walk over the bridge


It is possible to park vehicles on the Causeway or in the paddock of Sloop House.

Parking at Sloop House is by private arrangement and is not linked to BGPC or LCC. The paddock should be able to accommodate between 25 -30 cars safely. Access will be via the drive at the front of the property and there will be a nominal day/night charge of £4 per car (pre-booking recommended). Booking can be made on 07887 754002.

Traffic Management and car parking; On the Bardney side, the road will be barriered off close to the entrance to the sugar/Ryvita site. On the Potterhanworth side the road will be fully closed after the first bend (as approaching from Potter), but it will signed as 'closed ahead' as far back as the old Plough pub junction.

There will be staggered concrete barriers at the Wasps Nest junction to force traffic to slow down, and a signed 5mph speed restriction between those barriers and the bridge.

Please do not park at the Wasps Nest junction because that will be the last position that an HGV which has ignored signs at the Plough can turn around and space will be needed for that (there will be 'no parking' cones in place). Irresponsibly parked cars could get damaged by a reversing lorry. Unfortunately since the introduction of satnav a lot of drivers don't seem to read road closure signs, and some will drive right up to the junction before realising they need to turn round.

If you wish to park on the Potter side of the bridge; There will be 'no parking' cones on the right hand side as you drive towards the bridge and parking available on the left hand side. Please proceed to the bend before the bridge, where there is space to turn your car around, then park facing Potter.

There will be a traffic management man on site for the first two weeks to assist people until everyone gets used to the layout. There will be 'no parking' cones at the accesses to private residences along this stretch of road, please respect this and do not obstruct access to people's property.

Owner's Risk; As I have mentioned in earlier messages, all cars parked on the Causeway and other highway, are parked at the owner's risk. The County Council recommends that drivers follow signed diversion routes or other public highway routes around the closure. The traffic management is being provided because we understand there are people who would prefer to park on the Potter side than use alternate routes, and if that is the case we would like to assist in making sure they do so in a safe manner.

Safety; I'm sure for most folk it goes without saying, but please drive slowly, carefully and courteously within the 5mph limited section of road. There may be pedestrians making their way to/from parked cars, there may be cyclists coming towards you, there may be other moving vehicles, and there will be site traffic which needs to access the works. Any vehicles which obstruct access to the site by parking where there are 'no parking' cones within the traffic management zone may be towed away.


The time table for the public bus travelling between Lincoln and Horncastle via Bardney is listed at the bottom of this page. The ASDA bus will maintain it's usual timetable but travel via Fiskerton and Cherry Willingham. The number 29 which travels between Bardney and Lincoln will remain the same. If you encounter any problems with the bus services please get in contact with BGPC. The parish council have concerns regarding capacity of the public bus service between Horncastle and Lincoln, as this has now created an additional service for the residents of Cherry Willingham and Fiskerton. BGPC strongly feel that the service should be protected, to serve those most affected by the temporary road closure.


The timetable for the school bus is listed below. If you encounter any problems with the bus services please get in contact with BGPC. The parish council have concerns regarding capacity of the school bus service between Bardney, Southrey, and Branston School. This service has now created an additional service between Lincoln and Woodhall Spa (in fact created a earlier service than that normally available). BGPC strongly feel that the service should be protected to serve those affected by the temporary road closure.


Night work and weekend work; There is only one planned week where night working is looking practical, because of the nature of operations that can be done within reasonable noise limits. That will be in early May. Scaffolders and/or blasters and painters are planned to work all weekends except for the Easter bank holiday weekend. No works are planned on the May day and Spring Bank holiday Mondays.


What's planned in the first week? Some contractors will be on site on the Saturday (no traffic restrictions) to start preparatory works and site set up. They'll be putting signs up around the diversion route, putting up temporary fencing for security and safety around the works, and installing barriers and signs on the river to warn boats of the obstruction at the bridge.

From Monday to Thursday the scaffolders will start to erect temporary scaffold works, and temporary electrical feeds will be set up for plant, and for lighting the pedestrian/cycle thoroughfare at night. There is a lot of scaffolding to set up before the works proper can start so there won't be too much to see. Our contractors have committed to using 'super silent' generators for things which the temporary electrical feed will not be powerful enough for.


Weekly bulletin wise; End of Week 1 (Thursday 18th April)

Works done this week

; Last Saturday Kier were on site setting up the temporary narrowing of the navigation, and their sub-contractors were setting out signs around the diversion route in readiness for the closure. Monday morning went as planned with the traffic signals switched off and temporary electrical supply set up. The road closed to motor vehicles without issue, and site accommodation was set up. The scaffolders started the work of assembling the underslung parts of the temporary support structure for works, and have continued with this throughout the rest of the week. Progress may appear slow, but the scaffold is essential to the rest of the job and it is running to plan.

Easter/Bank Holiday Weekend;

The road will be re-opened from 17.00 latest this afternoon. I have been informed that BT have been allowed to set up traffic signals for some urgent works on Moor Lane, Metheringham from Friday to Monday, but they are to be off the highway on Monday pm so that their signals are not on the path of diverted traffic from Bardney closure on Tuesday.

Works to be done next week

; The road will be closed again at 07.30 on Tuesday. Kier will be planing out the carriageway over the bridge on Tuesday also. Existing parapet rails and mesh will be taken down and kerbing and drainage will be taken out. The main task will be the continuation of scaffolding. Until that is done, the major repair work and blasting/painting work cannot start. The scaffolders are programmed to continue their work over the following weekend (27th/28th April).

Traffic management/car parking;

When the traffic management is re-set out on Tuesday, my contractor will be adjusting the positions of some barriers slightly to make it easier to get round them and adding some no parking cones outside accesses. He will also make it clear that some parking slots near the bridge will be for works vehicles only. The signing at the Plough will be altered to half barrier the road, to try and stop more traffic from driving onto the Causeway.

Thank you;

Thank you to residents and people travelling to work at Bardney for the consideration when driving in the traffic management zone, and considerate parking, and for the politeness shown to the men on site. Despite the obvious inconvenience and the trouble that works like cause to local residents and businesses, we have received some positive interest from the public (as well as criticism). When the job is completed I hope the paint system will last at least the 20 years it is supposed to, and that we will not need to create this level of inconvenience on the bridge again until that time.

Requests to reopen the road at night;

I understand people's frustration this week, seeing the road over the bridge unobstructed by works at night. However, I'm afraid we cannot open the bridge at nights because we have a legal road closure in place. Contractually, the site is in possession of the contractor not the Highway Authority. Legally the road is closed. Drivers would be uninsured and both they and the County Council would be liable in the event of an accident were it to be opened when the legal order is in place. Next week, the road surfacing on the bridge will be planed out on Tuesday morning, my contractor would like to have done that this week, but I instructed them not to in order that we might re-open for the long weekend. I am sure you would agree that complaints would have been voiced with some justification had we left site at tea time today (Thursday 18th) and not done anything at all for 4 days with the road closed.

Rumoured traffic signal works in Autumn

; The traffic signals at the Bridge were upgraded a couple of years back and there are no plans to work on them in Autumn. We did speak in advance to other parts of the Highways Dept offering them the opportunity to carry out works under our road closure (and there will be some resurfacing works on Station Rd at the end of June as a result). It is likely that rumours of Autumn works to the traffic signals have been confused with the planned works to Short Ferry Bridge traffic Signals.

Please see the attachment relating to the road surface repairs that will occur during the bridge closure. This work will take place the week commencing 24.06.19


Attached below are the public and school bus timetables