Evesham Abbey Bridge and Viaduct Replacement Project
The new Abbey Bridge and Viaduct has now fully re-opened to
vehicles and pedestrians. Thanks for your support during the
essential closure period. The important link is now secure for
generations to come. Please continue to back Evesham and its
Evesham's new Abbey Bridge and Viaduct has re-opened fully to
vehicles and pedestrians today (March 31).
All three lanes across the important route are now open and the
additional pedestrian/cyclist facilities, which have been widened
to improve safety, are now available to use. Vehicles have been
crossing the new bridge and viaduct since March 10 when 'road
closed' signs were removed.
The full replacement project, carried out by contractor
Hochtief, began in spring 2013 and has a design life of 120 years,
meaning the important route across the River Avon will be in place
for generations and ensuring the historic market town is 'Open for
Despite on-going maintenance and repairs the deterioration to
the previous structure meant replacement was essential and without
this project it was likely the bridge would have closed to vehicles
permanently in 2015.
Cllr John Smith OBE, Cabinet Member for Highways and County
Councillor for Evesham North West, said: "Replacing this important
link was the only option to ensure the key route into Evesham
remained in place. Without this work there was a real danger we'd
be left with a permanent closure to vehicles by 2015. This could
have been the case for a number of years.
"Thankfully, the strong case put forward meant we obtained the
funding from government making sure this scenario never became a
"The delays experienced by the contractor over the last few
months have been very disappointing and have caused much
frustration. I'd like to express my gratitude to the community and
our traders for the support shown during these challenging
"Now we can look and move forward to the future. There's a
number of great events planned in our town over the next few months
and I'd urge people to keep backing Evesham by shopping
"Finally, I'd like to remind people that the 20p for three hours
car parking offer in Wychavon District Council car parks in the
town, has been extended will continue to be funded by the County
Council throughout April."
The temporary pedestrian bridge will be removed on Sunday, April
6 and the diversion route, in place during the closure, has now
been removed with the one-way system through the town centre fully
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This page was last reviewed 16 April 2014 at 12:13.
The page is next due for review 13 October 2015.