Today we are advising of a change to the works expected end date.
During the course of the construction of the new bridge over Whitedown Lane, historical cracks have been identified in the bridge structure that the works tie in to.
While these present no immediate danger to the public, they do need to be addressed in order to make the bridge fit for future operational use.
The extent of the cracks is such that they require a solution incorporating the installation of steel bars encased in grout to make them watertight. These operations will regrettably add to the time required to complete the bridge.
We estimate that we will be able to return the bridge to Mid Hants Railway in October, allowing Watercress Line services from Alton to be reintroduced in the autumn.
Works to complete the roundabout that will enable the A339 road closure to be lifted, will be finished in November.
As previously advised, we will then be in a position to complete the remaining minor roadworks (kerbing, traffic islands and roundabouts) under localised, temporary lane closures.