Balfour Beatty has informed the Windlesham Society that the planned demolition of Woodlands Lane Bridge has been postponed. The bridge remains closed to vehicular traffic, but passable for pedestrians and cyclists. The bridge is due to reopen on Friday 10th June.
Here’s the note from Balfour Beatty
Woodlands Lane Bridge – Demolition postponement
Over the past few months we have been communicating with you on our plans to demolish Woodlands Lane Bridge this summer. In order to minimise the impact on the community and ensure vital services aren’t disrupted, the proposed demolition has been postponed.
Safety of both the public and our workforce is a top priority for Highways England, as is safeguarding the utility services (gas, electric, wifi etc.) that run through Woodlands Lane bridge serving the village of Windlesham.
We have undertaken detailed planning for the proposed demolition and we continually check progress and review our planning and contingencies. What has become apparent during this planning stage is that we need to further review what more we can do for the community during the closure of Woodlands Bridge while work is taking place.
We also continue to review the process of moving the utilities, which currently run through the bridge and serve the village of Windlesham, and levels of protection needed for these services.
We will advise of a new start date for the demolition once we are satisfied that our review is complete and fully considers the needs of the community and our workforce.
We will be liaising closely with Surrey County Council and the Parish Council and will write to you again to inform you of the future closure dates as soon as they are known.
For information, Woodlands Lane will temporarily remain closed to vehicular traffic while utility companies are on site undertaking essential works. The lane will remain open to pedestrians while these works are ongoing. Once this work is completed, we will re-open Woodlands Lane to vehicular traffic until such time as we can re-schedule the demolition date. We expect to be able to re-open Woodlands Lane on or around Friday 10th June 2016.
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