The official closure is for four months, with road closure until 4th May, followed by off peak closure until 4th June.
The existing bridge is being removed and replaced with a new one to allow the passing of higher freight trains with the work for Network Rail being carried out by Carillion Civil Engineering. The brick arch is being replaced with a concrete one.
A temporary pedestrian/cyclist bridge has been constructed adjacent to the works. This bridge will also carry the temporary service diversions such as telephone, electricity and water supplies.
Other traffic will need to take the signposted diversions via the A34 or the B3051 Kingsclere Road.
The plans show that the diversion signage will be ‘maintained on a daily basis’ with an out-of-hours call number being made available.
At the same time Taskers Bridge on Twinley Lane will also close with the diversion being via Priory Lane.
Again a temporary foot/cycle bridge is being provided and the alternative routes will be signposted.