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Fulscot Road Bridge Closure - message from Network Rail

North Moreton Parish Council have received the following communication from Network Rail regarding the work being carried out on Fulscot Bridge: “We can confirm that over Christmas 2013, the main bridge structure was successfully jacked to its new height. However, there is also a very substantial scope of off-bridge work that must be completed to allow the re-opening of the road over the heightened bridge. Essentially this comprises:

The demolition and reconstruction of the third span of the bridge which carries Fulscot Road over a line-side access track into Moreton Cutting;

Additional strengthening and stabilisation of the southern abutment;
Raising and stabilisation of the approach embankments on both sides of the bridge; Reinstatement of the road;
Modification of the bridge parapets to comply with the mandatory standards for bridges over electrified railways;
Completion of services diversions and removal of the temporary structure carrying them over the railway for the duration of the bridge work.

Although the planned work at Christmas was successfully achieved, the remaining works unfortunately require more time to complete than was originally expected. We have applied for a 6 month extension of the closure of Fulscot Road, taking the programme through to early September 2014. However, we are investigating all opportunities to complete the works well before that date.

The main reasons for the delay are:
The long period of bad weather, which has caused some programme delays.

Concerns (which have emerged during the detailed design of the works) about the stability of the existing southern abutment once the embankment is raised behind it. This means that (a) we have had to spend extra time designing substantial permanent anchors to ensure the long term stability of the bridge and (b) the construction programme has to be extended to install these additional works before the embankment itself can be rebuilt and the highway re-instated.

Work is currently focussing on the reconstruction of the third bridge span which did not form part of the Christmas jacking, following which the contractor will be commencing the extensive piling works to support the rebuilding of the approach embankments on both sides of the bridge.

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