Walrow Bridge to close

THE Walrow Bridge in Highbridge is set to close again for 12 weeks.

THE Walrow Bridge in Highbridge is set to close again for 12 weeks.

Network Rail has announced plans to close the bridge to carry out more bridge strengthening work from March 15. This is the second time that this has been carried out.

Businesses and councillors are furious with the company for the ongoing saga which they said is having a negative impact on businesses in the town.

Wells MP David Heathcoat-Amory, who represents Burnham and Highbridge said: "The whole thing was a non sense. It was shut too quickly on advice from Network Rail, who should have done what they have done now, as it has done a lot to damage the town. Highbridge is quite a fragile economy and when people get out of the habit of coming here they do not come back easily. It should have been the district council fighting for us in the first place."

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Walrow Bridge was first closed in March 2007 and then re-opened in September. It then had to be widened as cars were having problems getting through.

Cllr Jo Leach, said: "We are still recovering from the last closure. I am disappointed with Network Rail, who originally said that it would be finished by March this year. They promised it would be completed.

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"The impact on businesses in Highbridge is massive. The bridge is vital to traders in the area. We will be working with the council closely to resolve the problem and

I will be speaking to Network Rail personally as will other councillors."

Maisey's Bakery, in Market Street, has been hit by the constant closures of the bridge.

Sue Willoughby who owns the bakery with her husband said: "It had such a big impact before. It was much quieter, especially during lunchtimes as we rely on trade from the industrial estate and I am sure it will happen again.

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