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Great Bardfield Bridge reopened following completion of works


26/08/2022
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We are pleased to confirm the brickwork repairs to Great Bardfield Bridge have been completed one week ahead of schedule. All traffic management has been removed and the road has reopened to vehicles.

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Great Bardfield Bridge, B1057 Bridge Street, Great Bardfield

Works location and photos

View of Great Bardfield Bridge
View of footbridge adjacent to Great Bardfield Bridge
View of bridge deck on the footbridge
View of Great Bardfield bridge and footbridge

About the works

Great Bardfield Bridge is located on B1057 Bridge Street in Great Bardfield. It is a Grade II listed structure that carries a single lane over the River Pant.

A number of essential repairs were identified and prioritised for summer 2019. 

Repairs to the footbridge were carried out in April 2022 and preparations are now being made to carry out further maintenance to the road bridge.

A full closure of the bridge will be needed for the duration of the works which consist of brickwork repairs to both wingwalls at the eastern end of the bridge.  As the bridge is Grade II listed, the work requires listed building consent, which includes the type of brick to be used and the use of lime mortar. 

How it will affect you

We have an anticipated start date for the repairs of Monday 25 July 2022.  The works are expected to take approximately six weeks to complete and it will be necessary for the bridge to be fully closed to all vehicles, 24 hours a day.

Appropriate traffic management and diversions will be in place during the road closure, this may include a limited number of temporary ‘Clearway/No Parking’ areas to allow sufficient space for large vehicles, including bus services, to operate and undertake safe manoeuvres. 

We have already been in discussion with Great Bardfield Parish Council to review and agree proposed diversion routes and clearways to ensure they are appropriate from both a safety and practical point of view.  

Pedestrian access via the adjacent footbridge will be unaffected by the works and remains open.

Passenger Transport 

During the temporary closure of Great Bardfield Bridge, alternative arrangements will be in place to accommodate bus passengers.  These include:

Temporary shuttle bus (9B) - operated by Flagfinders Coaches (Monday to Friday):

A shuttle bus service (9B) will be provided between Great Bardfield and Shalford, with occasional journeys to and from Blake End. This shuttle bus will be operated by Flagfinders Coaches and will enable passengers who use the 9/9A wishing to travel to and from Great Bardfield to complete their journey.

Passengers will be required to change buses between the 9B shuttle and the 9/9A service at the bus stops located at Shalford Village Hall.

A copy of the proposed shuttle bus timetable can be found in the Document section below.  Passengers should also be able to obtain a copy of the shuttle bus timetable from the driver.

Changes to Bus Service 16 (Monday to Saturday):

There are also changes to service 16, with a change of route operating due to the bridge closure. The bus will now be running between Chelmsford and Finchingfield via Great Bardfield and Wethersfield. This will enable buses to serve all stops with the exception of those south of Finchingfield Post Office and north of the Great Bardfield Bridge

Revised service 16 timetable can be found in the Document section below

Changes to bus stop locations in service (usually served by 16/9/9A):

No service will be offered to the following bus stops (usually served by 9/9A and 16 service):

  • Bendlowes Road - southbound
  • Northampton Meadow – opposite
  • Northampton Meadow - adjacent
  • Beslyns Road - opposite
  • Beslyns Road – adjacent
  • Northfield - opposite
  • Northfield - adjacent

No service from the following bus stop (usually served by 16 service):

  • Crown Street - opposite

To be served by Flagfinders Coaches 9B shuttle (usually served by 9/9A):

  • The Sailing Oak - opposite
  • The White Hart - outside
  • Church - outside
  • Glebe Road - opposite
  • Alienor Avenue - opposite
  • Braintree Road - northbound
  • Braintree Road - southbound
  • Brook Street - westbound
  • Vine Street - adjacent
  • Alienor Avenue – Bus stop A1
  • Glebe Road - adjacent
  • Church – opposite
  • The White Hart - opposite
  • The Sailing Oak - outside

Shalford stops where passengers will change between the 9B shuttle and the 9/9A:

  • Village Hall - opposite
  • Village Hall - outside

If you have any queries regarding the passenger transport arrangements please contact the operator directly. You can also follow the passenger transport twitter account: @Essex_pt

Clearway / No Parking restrictions and enforcement

During the works a limited number of Clearway/No Parking restrictions will be necessary.  This will allow sufficient space for large vehicles, including bus services, to undertake safe manoeuvres in Great Bardfield and Finchingfield. 

The sections of road affected will be clearly identified by cones and signage which will outline periods when parking enforcement is operational.

Some identified locations will need to be clear from vehicles 24 hours a day/7 days a week, while in other areas, days/times of enforcement will vary. 

We encourage all road users check restrictions advertised on site as details may be subject to change during the works.

'No parking' cones and signage will clearly identify the sections of road and periods when restrictions will be operational.  Please refrain from parking vehicles in these areas during these times.  

The Clearway/No Parking areas are enforceable by issuing a Penalty Charge Notice or parking tickets.  In addition, if a vehicle is causing an obstruction and the owner cannot be easily identified then the owner is at risk of the vehicle being moved, by one of our specialised contractors, to a nearby safe parking place.   If this were to happen the owner would be required to contact the Essex County Council contact centre on 0345 603 7631 or Essex Police on 101 who will have details about the whereabouts of the vehicle.

Further information

Please note that the programme may be subject to change if affected by poor weather or if unexpected issues arise.

We aim to keep residents and businesses updated via this webpage and site signage. Information will also be shared with local parish councils.

For details about other roadworks in the area please visit: one.network or the @essexhighways twitter feed.