Together with Kibworth councillors Phil King, Kevin Feltham and Simon Whelband we had a meeting today with Network Rail and all the key people involved in the electrification works and replacement of the school road bridge in Kibworth.
Following our calls for a temporary bridge, Network Rail agreed to provide one, and so today we discussed how we minimise disruption for residents - in particular how we avoid deliveries and construction traffic at busy times during travel to school.
A lot of the biggest precast bits of the new bridge will come in via rail which is good - but some machinery will have to come in by road and they are looking to use a bit of the old grammar school car park as a compound. In terms of the timescale:
- On Monday they will clear vegetation to create an access for the new bridge.
- On 3 or 10 July there will be works to make the entrance of the temporary bridge.
- From 17th July there will be half closure of the current bridge - it will stay open but be a bit narrower to allow works.
- The temporary bridge will be installed and ready for use by 11 September.
- On the weekend of 21 October - at times the temporary bridge will also be closed as they build the new one - there will be big cranes on site.
- In February the new bridge will open and then after that the temporary one will be taken away.
There is also going to be a drop-in event for residents on Wednesday 3:30 - 6:30 in the old grammar school hall so you can find out more.
Let me know any other questions you want us to pass on.