Closed Biggleswade bridge which has been subject of viral YouTube video set to reopen
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A closed bridge in Biggleswade which has stirred the ire of traders in the town and been the subject of a viral YouTube video is set to reopen on Sunday after months of repair works, but only if the weather plays ball.
Central Bedfordshire Council had planned for the repair works to the Stratton Street bridge to be finished in four months, but works were postponed over Christmas and Boxing Day due to severe weather conditions from Storm Eva.
The delays drew such frustration in the town that Biggleswade-man James Cowburn uploaded a video from the film Downfall, which alters the subtitles to show Adolf Hitler venting on the subject.
Councillor Brian Spurr, who is responsible for community services at the unitary authority, said: “We are delighted that the bridge is reopening and that is has been made safe – a priority of the council. We would also like to thanks residents and businesses for their patience and co-operation during this period.
“It’s well known that the project has had delays due to weather but I can assure everyone the council has invested significantly to ensure the bridge opened as early as possible.”
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Due to Network Rail restrictions on available working time on the railway, strengthening of the bridge supports has yet to be completed.
To enable the road to be opened on Sunday there will be concrete barriers in the footways throughout July protecting the parapets until the strengthening work is finalised.
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There may also be further short duration closures of the road to remove the temporary utility bridge. Both of these works will be carried out at weekends overnight to keep inconvenience down to a minimum.