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Date set for Lyndhurst high street closure for 70-tonne bridge parts delivery

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LYNDHURST high street will briefly shut Thursday night as lorries carrying loads of up to 70 tonnes make their way to the Holmsley bridge construction site.

Five deliveries of 20-metre concrete beams will travel the wrong way up the one-way street, with a closure in place for about 15 minutes at some point between 8pm and 6am.

The precast sections of the bridge's deck will be carried from their holding location at Rownhams Services on the M27 and A326, through Lyndhurst and along the A35 to Holmsley. They each weigh between 57 and 70 tonnes.

Lyndhurst High Street will close Thursday night (picture: Google)
Lyndhurst High Street will close Thursday night (picture: Google)

As the vehicles approach, marshals will halt traffic between the Willow Tree Café and the Queen's House Forestry England offices and prevent traffic accessing from adjoining junctions.

Knights Brown has been contracted by Hampshire County Council to carry out the £5.5m operation.

An update letter issued last month by senior site manager Matthew Lonnon said: "Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience arising as a result of this exceptional operation."

As reported in the A&T, problems with the foundations of the new bridge forced an unexpected total closure of the A35 and C10 Station Road either side of the bridge until 8th April.

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