Bridge over Broxbourne railway station re-opens
General / Tue 9th May 2023 at 07:55am
A 17-mile diversion route set up so work to replace a bridge could be carried out has been lifted.
Nazeing New Road beside Broxbourne railway station in Hertfordshire closed on 3 January and reopened on 1 May.
The “vital” work was needed “for the future safe and reliable running of the line”, Network Rail added.
Kate Snowdon, head of communications, previously admitted the work would be “disruptive“.
The diversion route sent motorists through Hoddesdon, Harlow and Nazeing, in Essex, via the A414.
The bridge sits over the main line between London, Hertfordshire, Essex and Cambridgeshire.
The old bridge was lifted away as it had “reached the end of its useful life” and a new structure was put in place, Network Rail said.
Parts of the structure which were not fully replaced were strengthened and the road was resurfaced.
It should last for 120 years, the company hopes.
Simon Milburn, Network Rail Anglia’s infrastructure director, said the bridge “will serve Broxbourne and the railway for many decades to come”.
It was “vital for the future safe and reliable running of the line”.
Liam Maw, from contractors, J. Murphy & Sons, said: “A great team effort went into the planning of this complex project, alongside liaising with the local community to minimise disruption.”
Well done Murphy and Co. I dreaded the months when we were told the bridge would be closed but in fact it wasn't as bad as I expected. I had little difficulty in driving to Hoddesdon via Dobbs Weir although I understand that at peak periods long delays occurred. We were given to understand that the bend in the bridge would be straightened, but this hasn't happened. However the contractors have made a good job of replacing the road surface and strengthening the structure/ Top marks for finishing the work on the due date - this doesn't often happen!