Rail bridge to close for two months of ‘vital’ repairs

The problem bridge at Cheddington: Photo, Chris Poll
The problem bridge at Cheddington: Photo, Chris Poll

After complaints from locals, the faultering railway bridge at Cheddington is at last getting much-needed repairs.

Fixing the bridge – owned by Network Rail – was a topic of intense discussion between the company and Transport for Bucks in November, after a slump on the road surface caused problems for motorists.

A Network Rail spokesperman confirmed the work would start in just under two weeks.

She said: “We are undertaking vital works to Cheddington railway bridge between Monday, February 15 and Friday, April 22.

“Following monitoring engineers found that the wing wall had deteriorated and this was causing the road surface to dip.

“To fix this problem and strengthen the bridge for years to come the road will be completely dug out, the wall rebuilt and strengthened with metal tie bars and the road re-instated.

“Network Rail has worked with Buckinghamshire County Council to plan a diversionary route which will be signposted and in place during the closure.”