‘Unforeseen issues’ force extension of Ermine Street road closure in Huntingdon


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The route under the railway bridge in Ermine Street will remain closed for another week due to ‘unforeseen works’ which has led to an extension of the timescale.

The route under the railway bridge in Ermine Street will remain closed for another week due to ‘unforeseen works’ which has seen the predicted finish time put back.

A corner of the bridge is the root of the problem at the junction, in Huntingdon, which will to remain closed despite already being shut to vehicles for almost six weeks.

It is now expected that the junction to Stukeley Road will reopen on March 19 at 5am instead of the scheduled March 14.

Network Rail’s Denise Thompson said: “We have unfortunately encountered a number of issues during Phase 2 of this project, and the outcome of which means that regrettably we need to extend the current road closure.”

The road was originally closed on February 1 to allow Network Rail to carry out a second phase of work to strengthen the bridge.

Mrs Thompson said: “Temporary anchors there were installed to provide stability to the wall of the bridge whilst we undertook excavation works needed to be redesigned and replaced with another type of anchor system.

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“This was unforeseen and subsequently delayed the main element of the works to the corner.”

The closure will mean that drivers looking to travel to and from the town centre will continue to face a three-mile diversion via St Peter’s Road to be able to get to Stukeley Road.

“We appreciate that this will cause further inconvenience to most road users and the local residents within the vicinity of the works. However these improvements are a vital aspect of our ‘Railway Upgrade Plan’ to deliver a better railway for Britain,” added Mrs Thompson.

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