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Published on : Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Network Rail is reminding passengers in Aldershot to check before they travel over the weekend of 25 and 26 June while it replaces a 120 year old bridge over Aldershot High Street as part of its Railway Upgrade Plan.
Road users in Aldershot should also be aware of diversions in place as part of the High Street will be closed to traffic for three weeks from Monday 20 June to Friday 8 July while the work is carried out, along with a diversion on Victoria Road from Wednesday 22 June to Monday 27 June , during which time the section of Victoria Road from the High Street to Albert Road will be closed to traffic.
During the road closures, footpaths on the High Street and Victoria Road will remain open to pedestrians, with the exception of the footpaths directly underneath the bridge.Mark Evans, Asset Engineer at Network Rail said, “During the upgrade, it is essential to close the high street to vehicles to allow the safe operation of a large crane which will lift the new bridge into position. We’re keen to stress that while the road is closed to traffic, it’s very much open to pedestrians and open for business.
“The current bridge is over 120 years old so it is essential that we replace it, and we’re working hard to minimise the disruption to passengers, businesses and the local community. We really appreciate their understanding while we carry out these vital improvements.”The new bridge will be painted red and blue in a nod to the town’s historic army garrison and football club.
Mark added, “I’m really proud to work for a company that engages so well with the local community by looking for ways to go above and beyond what’s normally expected. We hope to provide a new bridge that resonates within the local community and helps highlight a proud Aldershot history.