Lorry-hit bridge demolition tomorrow will see road closure

A BRIDGE in Nuneaton which has been the cause of many traffic issues in the town in the past is set to be pulled down this weekend.

Work on bringing the disused Old Hinckley Road railway bridge will start over the course of this weekend, starting tomorrow on Saturday 15 February, and then this Sunday on 16 February.

Fences have gone up surrounding the bridge (Mason Moore for Notizie)

In the past, the bridge has been the cause of many traffic jams in the as many lorries have hit into it.

This week, fence panels and warning signs have been installed surrounding the bridge in preparation of the demolition.

Fitzgerald Civil Engineering Contractors are the contractors who are behind the works.

The parts of the disused railway bridge that are made of metal will be taken down by the contractors.

The brick pillars that make up each side of the bridge will then be demolished by demolition machinery.

One of the machines at the site (Mason Moore for Notizie)

To make sure that the work takes place in a safe manner, both Old Hinckley Road itself and Leicester Road will be closed for a total of three weekends.

Listed below are the list of days when the previously mentioned roads shall be closed.

  • 15 February (Saturday) – 16 February (Sunday)
  • 22 February (Saturday) – 23 February (Sunday)
  • 29 February (Saturday)  – 1 March (Sunday)

If all goes to plan successfully, the bridge should have come down by 6 March.

Although these plans have finally been given the green light and will go ahead, they come four months later than originally planned.

Work was originally planned and penned in for October 2019. These plans never came to light during that time and ended up getting delayed.

Warwickshire County Council tried to get the bridge down in October, but the general ban regarding no major roadworks over Christmas time meant that these plans could not go ahead.

The last reported instance of a lorry getting stuck under the infamous commonly-hit bridge was on 4 November 2019.

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