Bridge work nearly there

The Belgrave Terrace bridge over the railway, connecting Westwood with Falsgrave Road.
The Belgrave Terrace bridge over the railway, connecting Westwood with Falsgrave Road.

RENOVATION work on a Scarborough rail bridge should be fully completed by the middle of next month it has been revealed.

Work by Network Rail to strengthen the Westwood Bridge in Belgrave Terrace began in January – initially it was completely closed but it was partially reopened to pedestrians and road users last month.

In a letter to residents Denise Thompson, Network Rail’s community relations manager, she said contractors were hoping to have the work finished by Friday, June 15.

She added: “But to facilitate the above completion date we still have some works to be carried out during the night – such as the installation of the parapet copings, stone work repairs and dismantling of access scaffolding.”

The night time work started last night and is due to last three weeks. She said: “It will not be necessary to work every night during that period and we do plan our works to work an absolute minimum number of nights.

“But safety is our number one priority and for this reason works which can have an effect on the operational safety of the railway must be carried out while trains are not running.”

Westwood Bridge is located in the North Yorkshire County Council Castle Division and Cllr Janet Jefferson, who represents resident living there, said that it was good news that the project was almost finished.

She said: “I think the job was larger than anticipated but a good job has been done – it should stand the test for years to come. Residents were happy that they did open it early.”