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.
A bridge closure will cut two streets in South Elmsall from the rest of the village for at least two months from today. Network Rail are replacing the bridge on Broad Lane to allow larger vehicles to pass underneath it.
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.