This autumn, from October to December, Network Rail is undertaking bridge/track widening works along the line between Whitchurch and Overton. This is to increase the height and width of the bridges to allow passing of the new larger W10 freight containers. The work consists of various notching and and reinforcing arches, dropping track bed on others, and some demolishing and rebuilding.
Local bridges affected
For bridges at Newbury Road in Whitchurch, and Freefolk (Priory Lane and Watch Lane/Twinley Lane) the roads over bridges will be closed with local diversions.
The main Newbury Road bridge will have the most effect with diversions via the A34.
Meeting for businesses
A briefing by Network Rail, to receive comments and explain more detail, is to be held at the Gill Nethercott Centre at 1130 on Monday 11th July.
This is primarily for Councillors and representatives and is open to local businesses, who may be affected, particularly for business deliveries.
Information for the general public will follow.
Signs and diversions
One concern is the signage, and highways officers and Councillors will be working together to plan the best solution. There is some worry that commercial Satnav users may be sent via Bloswood Lane and that overheight vehicles may get stuck under the bridge!
It is expected there may also be some disruption to the train services as the canopy at the station needs some work too.
This may lead to some replacement bus services which will be announced when known.
After the meeting more firm details will be published to assist local residents who need to take children to school or visit local shops and businesses.
We very much thank Ian Robertson, Principal Transport Planner at Basingstoke & Deane for this information.
This has also been placed on WHITCHURCH BUSINESS NEWS.