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Great Bardfield Bridge, B1057 Bridge Street, Great Bardfield

Works location and photos

View of Great Bardfield Bridge
View of footbridge adjacent to Great Bardfield Bridge
View of bridge deck on the footbridge
View of Great Bardfield bridge and footbridge

About the works

Great Bardfield Bridge is located on B1057 Bridge Street in Great Bardfield. It is a Grade II listed structure that carries a single lane over the River Pant.

A number of essential repairs were identified and prioritised for summer 2019. 

Repairs to the footbridge were carried out in April 2022 and preparations are now being made to carry out further maintenance to the road bridge.

A full closure of the bridge will be needed for the duration of the works which consist of brickwork repairs to both wingwalls at the eastern end of the bridge.  As the bridge is Grade II listed, the work requires listed building consent, which includes the type of brick to be used and the use of lime mortar. 

How it will affect you

We have an anticipated start date for the repairs of Monday 25 July 2022.  The works are expected to take approximately six weeks to complete and it will be necessary for the bridge to be fully closed to all vehicles, 24 hours a day.

Appropriate traffic management and diversions will be in place during the road closure, this may include a limited number of temporary ‘Clearway/No Parking’ areas to allow sufficient space for large vehicles, including bus services, to operate and undertake safe manoeuvres. 

We have already been in discussion with Great Bardfield Parish Council to review and agree proposed diversion routes and clearways to ensure they are appropriate from both a safety and practical point of view.  

Pedestrian access via the adjacent footbridge will be unaffected by the works and remains open.

Passenger Transport 

We are in the process of liaising with bus operators so that adjustments can be made to their services.  Further details will be made available in due course.

Clearway / No Parking restrictions and enforcement

During the works a limited number of Clearway/No Parking restrictions will be necessary.  This will allow sufficient space for large vehicles, including bus services, to undertake safe manoeuvres in Great Bardfield and Finchingfield. 

The sections of road affected will be clearly identified by cones and signage which will outline periods when parking enforcement is operational.

Some identified locations will need to be clear from vehicles 24 hours a day/7 days a week, while in other areas, days/times of enforcement will vary. 

We encourage all road users check restrictions advertised on site as details may be subject to change during the works.

'No parking' cones and signage will clearly identify the sections of road and periods when restrictions will be operational.  Please refrain from parking vehicles in these areas during these times.  

The Clearway/No Parking areas are enforceable by issuing a Penalty Charge Notice or parking tickets.  In addition, if a vehicle is causing an obstruction and the owner cannot be easily identified then the owner is at risk of the vehicle being moved, by one of our specialised contractors, to a nearby safe parking place.   If this were to happen the owner would be required to contact the Essex County Council contact centre on 0345 603 7631 or Essex Police on 101 who will have details about the whereabouts of the vehicle.

Further information

Please note that the programme may be subject to change if affected by poor weather or if unexpected issues arise.

We aim to keep residents and businesses updated via this webpage and site signage. Information will also be shared with local parish councils.

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