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The Flitch Way diverted over bridge concerns

28 July 2016

A public right of way on the edge of Rayne is set to be diverted following safety concerns raised about an ageing bridge.

Engineers have been monitoring the condition of the disused railway bridge, above the Flitch Way, which is a no-through road towards Fenton’s Farm.

The parapets on the bridge are cracked and are now found to be at risk of further movement.

As a result of safety concerns, the Public Right of Way known as the Flitch Way, which runs under the bridge, will be closed from tomorrow (Friday, 29 July) until repairs can be undertaken. 

Pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders will be diverted to protect the public. Signage advising users of the new route will be displayed in the area.

Fenton’s Road, which runs over the bridge, will be narrowed to keep road users away from the parapets at the sides, but will remain open to traffic.

The bridge will be monitored monthly to check that there is no significant further deterioration to the structure.

Highways engineers are now working on a plan to find an effective solution to make the bridge safe.