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- Abbey Bridge set to re-open to traffic at 3pm today
- Traffic to cross bridge for first time in more than six months
- Our reporter Sarah Taylor will be covering the re-opening live
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8:40pm Mon 10 Mar 14
So will they now be removing the mini roundabout from Merstow Green, that was only put in to allow vehicles over 7.5tn to turn around before the bridge?
Also from what I can see from the photos, they seem to have missed off the anti-climb spikes that the old one had half way up - will they be reinstated or will there now be numerous photos of drunks walking across the top every Saturday night?
Great news that the bridge in Evesham has opened again after 6 months being rebuilt. I'm going to get at least 2 hours a week back !— Ian Perry (@Ianperryemerge) March 11, 2014
I drove over some sort of bridge today- miracle! #AbbeyBridge— Kitty Judge (@KittyBambi) March 10, 2014
6:42pm Mon 10 Mar 14
Wait til Chelt Festival week is over then we`ll see if the bridge stays open, perhaps thats why they`ve kept the contra flow on Mill St etc. 3 cheers for Hochtief & County council -- sorry never heard anything only John Smiths chin hitting the floor, again!!
Sigh of relief as bridge reopens
BEEPING horns could be heard as the first cars crossed the brand new Abbey Bridge in Evesham on Monday as it re-opened to traffic after a closure of almost six months.
While there were smiles from drivers there was mixed reaction from onlookers with some still angry at the delays which have plagued the project, being carried out by contractors Hochtief, with others pleased with the new look structure.
Woo hoo now open bridge AND working lights. #evesham— Karen Meadows CMIOSH (@Safety_InAction) March 10, 2014
@MarkGoodge was going to turn right over bridge but too unsafe. Too many cars not knowing what to do. How could they not hv traffic lights!— Karen Meadows CMIOSH (@Safety_InAction) March 10, 2014
The traffic is flowing again!
One step closer to no traffic down Port Street, can't wait for the bridge to be done!— Louise Knight♥ (@LouiseKnight20) March 10, 2014
Crowds gather to watch the bridge open.
5:00pm Mon 10 Mar 14
very good news to day and the sun is shining for us all out on our new bridge eve
Just driven past (not over) the new bridge. Bridge looks great. Unfortunately, the Cheltenham Road traffic lights aren't working!— Mark Goodge (@MarkGoodge) March 10, 2014
Worcestershire County Council has confirmed it will continue to fund car parking discounts in Evesham throughout April after the Abbey Bridge and Viaduct re-opened to traffic this afternoon.
Visitors will be able to take advantage of the extended offer for a further month, including Easter weekend.
The offer includes long stay charges in Old Brewery, Bewdley Street, Burford Road and Crown Meadow car parks just 20p for three hours, over three hours (all day) £4.
Short stay will continue to be 20p for three hours in Merstow Green, Oat Street, Chapel Street and The Leys car parks.
The promotion, which has been in place since the important link across the River Avon closed, was originally planned to end on March 31.
Cllr John Smith, county council cabinet member for highways and county councillor for Evesham North West, said: "The delays to the project over the last few months have been bitterly disappointing but, thankfully, vehicles are now travelling over the new Abbey Bridge and Viaduct, which will be in place for generations to come.
"Lots of people have taken advantage of the car parking discounts since they started to encourage shoppers and visitors to come and enjoy what our great town has to offer. This offer will be extended to run throughout April to help our traders.
"The support shown by the community for Evesham over these challenging last few months has been fantastic. Our town is very much open for business and I'm sure people will continue to back our shops by buying local."
Lots of people driving over the new bridge.
The sun is even shining for the event.
What are your thoughts on the project?
tweet me @SarahTaylorWN or use the #AbbeyBridge
People gathered to see Evesham's Abbey Bridge re-open to traffic. Picture by Sarah Taylor.
Councillor John Smith says he is "extremely pleased" with re opening.
He has also announced the county council is funding 20p parking for three hours in short term car parks until the end of April.
So the bridge has opened!
Lots of horn blowing from the first cars across.
Lots of strong opinions on the success of the bridge project here in Evesham.
Rosemary Thompson, of Hampton, said: "We feel sorry for the traders. I hope they do get back their business. Perhaps they should get some compensation."
So I am here at Evesham's Abbey Bridge waiting for it to reopen for the first time in more than six months— Sarah Eleanor Taylor (@SarahTaylorWN) March 10, 2014
There is a little crowd gathering on the footbridge to see the reopening of the abbey bridge #AbbeyBridge— Sarah Eleanor Taylor (@SarahTaylorWN) March 10, 2014
So I am here at Evesham's Abbey Bridge waiting for it to reopen for the first time in more than six months— @SarahTaylorWN 10 March 2014
Excited at reopening of Abbey Bridge in #Evesham today (I'll have that extra 20 mins back thank you) until I remembered it's Race Week...— maiella63 (@maiella63) March 10, 2014
Abbey Bridge, #Evesham is to reopen today!— Andrew Grant LLP (@AndrewGrantLLP) March 10, 2014
Cllr John Smith, county council cabinet member for highways and member for Evesham north west: "I understand the enormous relief it will be for traders and residents to get their link into the town back open.
"We have been working tirelessly with contractors Hochtief to re-open this crucial link into our historic town to traffic at the earliest possible time.
"I'd like to, once again, thank everyone in our community that's backed our town and its traders over these last few challenging months. Your support has been truly appreciated and I'm sure this will continue in the months and years ahead."