Residents' safety fears over South Elmsall bridge closure

Residents in South Elmsall say closing the bridge on Broad Lane over a railway line will endanger lives - as the alternative route can't cope with two-way traffic.

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Bridge closure could cost lives, say campaigners

Campaigners in a town in West Yorkshire say if a bridge closes tomorrow it could cost lives.

Residents in South Elmsall gathered near the bridge, on Broad Lane, today, claiming the alternative route is unsuitable for heavy traffic. Network Rail is closing the bridge to allow the railway track to take freight trains. They want an emergency meeting with the rail company.

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Bridge replacement work will take place 'as quickly and safely as possible'

Network Rail is replacing the bridge on Broad Lane in South Elmsall. This is in order to allow larger container traffic to pass underneath, keeping lorries off the roads and supporting the local economy.

The road will be closed from 0600 Sat 18 January for approximately 12 weeks.

Our contractor will be working to reduce this period by increasing resources and shift patterns to cause the least amount of disruption to all the residents concerned and complete the project as quickly and safely as possible.

Pedestrian access over the rail line will be maintained at all times through provision of a temporary bridge.

Every effort will be made to keep noise levels to an absolute minimum and we thank local residents for their patience while we complete this essential improvement work.

– Network Rail spokesperson
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