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Lyndhurst High Street to close temporarily to allow Holmsley bridge beams delivery

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PART of Lyndhurst High Street will be temporarily closed and the one-way direction reversed next month to allow giant parts of the new Holmsley bridge to pass through.

Lorries will trundle up the hill carrying five loads of 20-metre concrete beams for the new crossing on the A35 over the C10 Station Road.

Contractors Knights Brown will be transporting the beams, which weigh between 57 and 70 tonnes, from a holding location at Rownhams services on the M27 to the construction site at Holmsley.

Lyndhurst High Street (picture: Google)
Lyndhurst High Street (picture: Google)

Due to the size and weight of the beams and the manoeuvrability of the delivery vehicles it is necessary to bring them in through Lyndhurst under escort, using the village’s one-way system in the opposite direction.

The route taken will be via the M27 and A326 before turning onto the A35 Southampton Road against the one way system before continuing onto the A35 south to site.

Traffic will be temporarily stopped from the Willow Tree Café to the Forestry England offices. Gatemen will be positioned to monitor the junctions to prevent vehicles from joining the route.

Work on the new bridge is well under way (picture: Knights Brown)
Work on the new bridge is well under way (picture: Knights Brown)

An exact date and time has yet to be finalised, but Lyndhurst Parish Council advised residents that deliveries usually take place in convoy between 8pm and 6am. It is believed the road closure would be for up to 15 minutes.

As reported in the A&T, the £5.5m scheme by Hampshire County Council will replace the crumbling 113-year-old bridge. Part of the A35 is currently closed for three months after it was discovered that there had been a problem installing the new foundations.

For more information about the works visit www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/holmsley-rail-bridge-replacement

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