LiveAbbey Bridge finally re-open

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Summary

  • 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
  • Tweet your comments and pictures using #AbbeyBridge or email ta@eveshamjournal.co.uk

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DarrenM says

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?

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asumabstainer says

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!!

7:12pm

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.

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The traffic is flowing again!

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Crowds gather to watch the bridge open.

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5:00pm Mon 10 Mar 14

lagould@btinternet.com says

very good news to day and the sun is shining for us all out on our new bridge eve

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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."

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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

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People gathered to see Evesham's Abbey Bridge re-open to traffic. Picture by Sarah Taylor.

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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.

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So the bridge has opened! 

Lots of horn blowing from the first cars across.

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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." 

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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."

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1:04pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Paul from NCCR says...

Great news, will definitely mention the re-opening on tonights Laid-Back Music Show on North Cotswold Community Radio from 8pm. To listen visit www.northcotswoldonl
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Paullewington@live.c
o.uk
Great news, will definitely mention the re-opening on tonights Laid-Back Music Show on North Cotswold Community Radio from 8pm. To listen visit www.northcotswoldonl ine.com Paullewington@live.c o.uk Paul from NCCR
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5:00pm Mon 10 Mar 14

lagould@btinternet.com says...

very good news to day and the sun is shining for us all out on our new bridge eve
very good news to day and the sun is shining for us all out on our new bridge eve lagould@btinternet.com
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6:06pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Jabbadad says...

Yes two vital lanes opened. And the traffic lights have failed.
And Coun John Smith has said on Radio that they are not responsible for any compensation for the traders. And that there was far too much false information / gossip going around. Well if Coun Smith had been keeping the public informed this surely would have stopped any rumours?
And he did also previously say (some weeks into the delays) that they, WCC, were talking with the Traders to see what could be done.
Well looking at the time taken I hope coun Smith is not involved if a second bridge is started for North Worcester, but looking on the good side with his experience they could make a start soon and by the time it was finished we could have saved up the money to pay for it? I am forwarding £1.
Yes two vital lanes opened. And the traffic lights have failed. And Coun John Smith has said on Radio that they are not responsible for any compensation for the traders. And that there was far too much false information / gossip going around. Well if Coun Smith had been keeping the public informed this surely would have stopped any rumours? And he did also previously say (some weeks into the delays) that they, WCC, were talking with the Traders to see what could be done. Well looking at the time taken I hope coun Smith is not involved if a second bridge is started for North Worcester, but looking on the good side with his experience they could make a start soon and by the time it was finished we could have saved up the money to pay for it? I am forwarding £1. Jabbadad
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6:42pm Mon 10 Mar 14

asumabstainer says...

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!!
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!! asumabstainer
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8:40pm Mon 10 Mar 14

DarrenM says...

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?
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? DarrenM
  • Score: 1

4:11pm Tue 11 Mar 14

tiny hobbit says...

The traffic down Cheltenham Road this morning about 9 a.m. was worse than it was yesterday morning.
The traffic down Cheltenham Road this morning about 9 a.m. was worse than it was yesterday morning. tiny hobbit
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7:54pm Tue 11 Mar 14

PrivateSi says...

THEY'VE RUINED IT! Put it back to how it was. What's wrong with you, it was PERFECT before and now it looks boring and average.. I hope they kept all the green metalwork and stick it back on...
THEY'VE RUINED IT! Put it back to how it was. What's wrong with you, it was PERFECT before and now it looks boring and average.. I hope they kept all the green metalwork and stick it back on... PrivateSi
  • Score: 1

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