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Abbotsford Bridge, Hall Road, Elsenham

Progress Update - 14 March 2019: Bridge reopens following vegetation clearance works

Abbotsford Bridge reopened to traffic on 13 March following completion of necessary vegetation clearance and tree removal works.  

This will allow the Structures team to commence the next phase of main construction works in spring 2019.




About the scheme

Abbotsford Bridge is located to the south east of Elsenham and north of Stansted Airport.  It carries Hall Road, an unclassified road, over Stansted Brook.

The bridge, which consists of a culvert that runs under the road, was originally constructed in two different stages.  The original structure is a cast iron deck supported on cast iron girders constructed in 1880.  This was extended at a later stage on the east side.

Inspections have identified that the structure requires dismantling and replacing as it is now found to be in a weak and deteriorating condition.

Advance vegetation clearance works were carried out in March 2019 with the support of a 3 day temporary road closure. 

Main works are expected to to be programmed for later in spring 2019.


Main construction

Preparations are currently being made to carry out the main works from spring 2019 (provisionally May 2019) and are expected to take approximately six months to complete.  

This will involve the installation of a temporary footway prior to the removal of the existing bridge to ensure pedestrian access is maintained.  The waterway will be diverted for the works and utility supplies relocated to enable the existing structure to be removed and bridge reconstructed.

During this time a full closure of the road will be necessary.  Advance warning signs will be on site with appropriate diversions in place when the closure is implemented .  The proposed diversion will be Hall Road, Henham Road, Mill Road, Thaxted Road, Church End, Moor End Lane, Brick End, Woodgates End, Chapel End, Molehill Green, Waltham Hall Road, Elsenham Road and vice versa. 

This webpage will be updated to reflect the latest information as details are confirmed. 


Further information

The work programme may be subject to change if works are affected by poor weather or if unexpected issues arise.

We will share the latest information about the works and progress updates on this webpage as information as the scheme progresses.  

Thank you in advance for your patience and co-operation while we undertake these improvements.