Bridge work stops for Christmas break

Bridge work stops for Christmas break

Bridge work stops for Christmas break

First published in News

WORK on the Abbey Bridge in Evesham has stopped and is unlikely to resume before the new year.

Concerned residents contacted the Journal after noticing the workers from contractors Hochtief, who are replacing the 85-year-old bridge on behalf of Worcestershire County Council, were not at the site.

A spokesman for the company said the industry shut down over the Christmas and new year period and it was unlikely any work would take place on the bridge before 2014.

Councillor John Smith, county cabinet member for transport said they had met with senior staff from Hochtief on Friday to discuss the bridge. He said: “The building trade shuts down for Christmas and New Year.

“We have had a very constructive meeting with Hochtief and will be releasing information in the New Year.”

Rumours had been rife in the town that the company was having problems but this has been strongly refuted by Hochtief.

The bridge was due to reopen in November after a 10-week closure but after several delays a date for the main route into Evesham town centre to reopen to traffic has not yet been announced.

Coun Smith said he hoped a date would be provided in the new year.

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8:19am Fri 27 Dec 13

adc1960 says...

yet again i think Worcs County Council and Councillor Smith are keeping us in the dark.........why has the Abbey Bridge link been removed from Hochtief's own website? why, a couple of days before Christmas, was the main phone number to Hochtiefs Swindon HQ going through to answerphone? maybe the company is having problems, maybe not, but at the very least i think WCC have information that they are holding back..........
yet again i think Worcs County Council and Councillor Smith are keeping us in the dark.........why has the Abbey Bridge link been removed from Hochtief's own website? why, a couple of days before Christmas, was the main phone number to Hochtiefs Swindon HQ going through to answerphone? maybe the company is having problems, maybe not, but at the very least i think WCC have information that they are holding back.......... adc1960
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4:11pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Jabbadad says...

Well we will have to wait for Coun John Smith to have his uninterupted Christmas break
No matter the disruption for the poor traders with jobs being lost just before the Christmas, or the huge inconveience to the Evesham People.
I agree this whole contract has been a massive mess, and sadly WCC by their lack of communication, don't seem too bothered do they?
Well we will have to wait for Coun John Smith to have his uninterupted Christmas break No matter the disruption for the poor traders with jobs being lost just before the Christmas, or the huge inconveience to the Evesham People. I agree this whole contract has been a massive mess, and sadly WCC by their lack of communication, don't seem too bothered do they? Jabbadad
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4:12pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Nortynorse says...

Your a B****y disgrace Smith, another aged Councillor who has truly lost touch with the electorate. But its ok, you will still get your allowances and all the perks of a WCC Councillor, UNTIL ELECTION TIME THAT IS.

I can only liken your ability as a Councillor to that of the elected member for Bedwardine, he too talks a good job.
Your a B****y disgrace Smith, another aged Councillor who has truly lost touch with the electorate. But its ok, you will still get your allowances and all the perks of a WCC Councillor, UNTIL ELECTION TIME THAT IS. I can only liken your ability as a Councillor to that of the elected member for Bedwardine, he too talks a good job. Nortynorse
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4:22pm Fri 27 Dec 13

saucerer says...

So, when Evesham is on its knees and suffering due to the farcical nature in which this bridge is being replaced, and with many people back work, the contractors and no doubt the highways department are instead having the festive period off, enjoying themselves, while everyone continues to suffer through their incompetence.

The residents of Evesham should not rest until councillor John Smith resigns (rather than wait for him not to be re-elected). And heads should role in the highways department because it is ultimately their ineptitude, lack of project management and inability to keep an eye on the contractor which has resulted in this farce.

Still, I hope the highways staff are having a good time off during this time of year while they clearly don't give a toss about anyone else.
So, when Evesham is on its knees and suffering due to the farcical nature in which this bridge is being replaced, and with many people back work, the contractors and no doubt the highways department are instead having the festive period off, enjoying themselves, while everyone continues to suffer through their incompetence. The residents of Evesham should not rest until councillor John Smith resigns (rather than wait for him not to be re-elected). And heads should role in the highways department because it is ultimately their ineptitude, lack of project management and inability to keep an eye on the contractor which has resulted in this farce. Still, I hope the highways staff are having a good time off during this time of year while they clearly don't give a toss about anyone else. saucerer
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4:27pm Fri 27 Dec 13

saucerer says...

John Smith's e-mail address is JHSmith@worcestershi
re.gov.uk while John Hobbs' is JHobbs@worcestershir
e.gov.uk

John Hobbs is the Director of Business, Environment and Community which the highways department falls under. Both should be contacted and make them aware of our feelings about the highways department's constant poor performance and failings.
John Smith's e-mail address is JHSmith@worcestershi re.gov.uk while John Hobbs' is JHobbs@worcestershir e.gov.uk John Hobbs is the Director of Business, Environment and Community which the highways department falls under. Both should be contacted and make them aware of our feelings about the highways department's constant poor performance and failings. saucerer
  • Score: 2

5:03pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Nortynorse says...

Is this the same JOHN HOBBS that was getting paid for covering TWO jobs at the same time???

As for JOHN SMITH well "ENOUGH SAID" if that man does not fall on his sword then there is something wrong with democracy.

Go now SMITH.
Is this the same JOHN HOBBS that was getting paid for covering TWO jobs at the same time??? As for JOHN SMITH well "ENOUGH SAID" if that man does not fall on his sword then there is something wrong with democracy. Go now SMITH. Nortynorse
  • Score: 1

9:16am Sat 28 Dec 13

asumabstainer says...

Why can`t a politician(albeit a nonentity like Smith) be honest for once & come clean. Tell everyone the truth instead of trying to protect their own political (Ha Ha ) future. If WCC have made a balls up flipping well say so. Can`t see Smith promoting Abbey Bridge replacement in any election manifesto. GO GO GO GO GO NOW
Why can`t a politician(albeit a nonentity like Smith) be honest for once & come clean. Tell everyone the truth instead of trying to protect their own political (Ha Ha ) future. If WCC have made a balls up flipping well say so. Can`t see Smith promoting Abbey Bridge replacement in any election manifesto. GO GO GO GO GO NOW asumabstainer
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