This sign has been 'saved'.

The bridge over the railway in Newbury Road is no more.

Bridge number E4/167, exactly 59 miles from Waterloo is a heap of rubble!

It was removed this morning with work starting around 6.00am and continuing throughout the day.

Work on installing the replacement will commence immediately but the exact period for closure of the road will depend much on the installation of all the services from electricity to telecoms.

We hope to have some pictures of the very early work under the floodlights later but in the meantime this is the state at midday today.

Replacement buses are presently in operation between Basingstoke and Salisbury.

Comments (12)

  • Ruby

    Ha ha just noticed: the transporter is one side of the removed bridge; the crane is the other!

  • The Mayor and Mayoress

    I took one or two photographs this morning as the last section of the arch of the bridge was demolished. Also took a few shots at around 6 pm this evening (in the snow) with the foundations on the down line side almost completely dug out.
    Very sad to see such a beautiful structure demolished, I just thought about the skill of the bricklayers and the efforts of many labourers with picks and shovels who built it without the modern equipment that we see in action today. Let’s hope the new bridge has as much character as the old (but I doubt it) .


  • soapworks

    i remember when the army blew up the bridges at litchfield,we went to watch but could not get close enough to see it,just heard the noise when they blew them.

  • Stephen Randall

    To think how that bridge had carried the traffic across for all those years when this was the main ( A34 ) through road to the north. Yes i also remember the Railway bridges being demolished at Litchfield and Dunley turning ( x 2 ). As you said Barry, they don’t build them anymore, just put them together.

  • The Mayor and Mayoress

    We remember well the zig zags under the bridges at Litchfield, we heard the noise and sensed the vibration at Bere Hill when they blew them up. Once, when we as a family were going away for a few days up north and pulling a caravan for the first time, we rounded the second bend of the zig zag before entering Litchfield village, we came across stationary trafic, I braked hard, the caravan lurched sideways, and somehow we stoped without loosing car or caravan and without hitting anything – another lesson learnt. There were many acidents around those bends.

    Of the bridge just demolished we can remember (and have photographs) of walking on snow on top the hedgrows to the side the road adjacent to the bridge in 1985. As fast as the snow plough went down the road trying to clear the snow, the wind had covered it again until HCC gave up for the night and it was blocked for many hours then needing a JCB to dig it out.

  • Ruby

    I also thought of how many men would have been used to dig out the cutting and build the bridge, and how few were needed with modern machines to knock it down and clear the debris.

  • Jeff Brickwell

    It is just a bridge, not a monument.

  • Frank Burley

    Just a bridge?! Hardly; it represents the great traditions of Whitchurch and its removal demonstrates everything that is wrong in modern society

  • Jeff Brickwell

    yes, it is just a simple road bridge, its hardly Big Ben or the Whitchurch Silk Mill.

    We need to accept that things need to move on and be replaced otherwise we would still be living in mud hunts and hunting with pointy sticks.

    Times are very hard and we need to work together and help improve our community and way of life. Just think that rebuilding the bridge has create Jobs for lots of people – from the builders, to the people who quarry the materials etc

    Whitchurch needs this new bridge; it will help future generations and show the world that Whitchurch is not stuck in the past, but that its ready for the future.

  • Frank Burley

    [Other comments] make it seem like the new bridge is the next Golden Gate. [R]ealise that the old bridge had worked fine for many years and as such the money could have been better spent on something that would develop Whitchurch as a community. Like a statue of the Queen.

  • Jeff Brickwell

    My main point is that its just a normal road bridge, nothing special.
    If it needs adjusting to help our trains carry more then its better for our economy.

  • Graham Burgess

    A key component in the psychology of design is that proportion is more important than scale. This means that something that is small can be just as valuable as something that is big.All sorts of buildings up until the end of the Victorian era were fileld with all sorts of valued symbolism connected with number. The number of courses of bricks often tells stories, the number of columns. Christchurch station has nine cast iron columns on each platform, 18 being the number associated with Egyptian Isis and creativity.Entering or leaving is thus a creative act. The ten panels either side of the main gates at Kew have 18 stars and The Victoria Gates at Kew have eighteen.

    Nearer to home count the number of gaps between the columns on the bridge at Bere Mill. Lots of numerical symbolism there.

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