Damaged railway bridge by Bitton Station gets struck again

 

 A lorry’s load of roof trusses collided with the railway bridge on the A431 near Bitton Station during this morning’s rush hour.

South Gloucestershire Council officers went out later in the day to inspect the bridge which carries both the Bristol & Bath Railway Path and the steam railway.

The bridge has already been waiting for girder repairs after being struck in February 2015 by a vehicle flouting the 14ft 3in height restriction.

The work had been due to take place at the start of last year, involving closing the road, steam train activity and a section of the railway path for up to eight weeks, but it was postponed as the council was unable to appoint a contractor in time.

At the time the council assured the public that the bridge was safe and that the scheme, which also involves replacing parapets and repainting the bridge, would take place in the next financial year.

Today the council told us that estimates received for the girder repairs had exceeded its available budget, so the work is currently on hold while it reviews plans to try to reduce the costs.