Fresh delay hits vital bridge works

Work on the Belgrave railway bridge has been extended for a further month. 120547.  Picture by Dave Kettlewell
Work on the Belgrave railway bridge has been extended for a further month. 120547. Picture by Dave Kettlewell

MOTORISTS in Scarborough face major disruption after key repairs to an ageing bridge suffered a huge setback.

Contractors working on Westwood Bridge, in Belgrave Terrace, have revealed the structure is significantly weaker than first feared.

The shock discovery has pushed urgent improvements back another month with workers battling to install new steel sections to strengthen the railway bridge.

Network Rail had hoped to have the route – which closed in early January – open again in March but estimates have now been pinpointed towards a completion date of early May.

The work has already seen the removal of the existing road surface to allow the steelwork to be put in place.

Workers are then due to lay a new concrete bridge deck which will be augmented by a completely new road surface.

A spokeswoman from Network Rail said: “These are essential repair works.

“Unfortunately, steelwork which was hidden by the road surface is displaying signs of enhanced corrosion which will require further structural repairs.

“This means that the road will remain closed until early May.

“We apologise to people who are inconvenienced by this work and will complete the job as quickly and efficiently as possible.”