Network Rail confirm Torbay Road bridge set to reopen
Following a number of extensions to the Torbay Road bridge replacement scheme by Network Rail, Torbay Council have heard that the work is now progressing well and they are expected to open the bridge to traffic on Monday 23 May 2022.
The Torbay Road bridge has been closed since early January 2022 and for drivers around the Torbay area it has numerous delays and tale backs along the Torbay Road heading both to and from Paignton.
The majority of the delays to the works being carried by network rail has been caused by the relocation of utility services as well as a delay to the construction and delivery of the new bridge structure.
Despite the bridge reopening it is thought that the foot paths/pavements across the bridge won’t be ready in time for Monday but a temporary foot path will be in place across the bridge for the May half term and the Jubilee Weekend to help those walking between the two towns, please take care when using this temporary footpath.
Speaking back in February Stuart Calvert, Network Capital Delivery Director said:
We are really disappointed to have to share this news and sincerely apologise to local residents, businesses and road users for the delay in the completion of this work.
“We pride ourselves on our punctuality and efficiency when undertaking complex projects such as this bridge replacement, however, on this occasion we have regrettably faced a number of unforeseen challenges which has resulted in this delay.
“Our teams will be working closely with our contractor to ensure there are no further delays and if it safe and possible to do so, try and complete the work sooner.”
Please also note that to complete the final elements of work safely and when trains are not running, Network Rail will need to close the road overnight, a diversion route will be in place to ensure you can still get through to both Torquay and Paignton
If you have any questions or concerns about the rail work taking place, please call Network Rails 24-hour National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41 or visit their Contact Us page on their website.