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Cust Hall Bridge, Gainsford End Road, Toppesfield

Latest News - 15 January 2021: Cust Hall Bridge: Progress update January 2021

Following the recent adverse weather conditions as well as high water levels in the river, the work area has been flooded. This has led to an unavoidable delay of the construction works for a duration of three weeks. Additionally, the Christmas holiday period has also extended the delay in construction by further two weeks.

Currently, the deck has been made waterproofed and the necessary scaffolding installed in order for the brickwork to begin on the bridge parapets. Once the brickwork is complete, concrete will be poured within the brick area. Due to the cold weather conditions, the progress to the brick work and concreting has been affected.

Unfortunately, these delays have caused an impact to the programme and works may now be extended further into February due to the recent flooding on site. The road closure has had to be extended until the end of February to cover the eventuality that there is further bad weather which may cause more flooding to the site leading to additional delays to complete the work.

We will however endeavour to complete the works as soon as possible to reduce disruption to the local area.

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Works Location


View of Cust Hall Bridge

About the Scheme

Cust Hall Bridge is located on Gainsford End Road, Toppesfield, Braintree and carries a two way, single road over a tributary of the River Colne.
An assessment of the structure has found the bridge to be in a weak condition and needs to be replaced.

Arrangements have been made to begin these works in autumn 2020.  This will involve removing the existing bridge and replacing with a wider structure made of precast concrete box sections, which reduces the overall construction period.  The precast box sections will be placed side by side, along with headwalls and wingwalls that comply with national standards.  The road will still carry two-way traffic, over a single road under an informal give way arrangement.

A full closure of the road at Cust Hall Bridge will be required during these works with a temporary footbridge in place to support pedestrian access.

The works

Initially works are planned to begin on Wednesday 16 September 2020 to allow necessary utility diversions to take place.  This will be followed by the installation of a temporary bridge/footway to provide an alternative route for pedestrians.

The works are anticipated to be completed in January 2021, subject to weather being suitable and no unexpected issues arising.

The new bridge will be a precast concrete box structure with brick parapets on either sides. The carriageway over the bridge will be widened to the current standard width of 6m and a 1.4m wide hard verge/footway on the eastern side.

What is involved and how it may affect you

In order to replace the structure Gainsford End Road will need to be closed at the bridge for the full duration of the works.  

There will be a signed diversion route in place during this work which will use the following roads; B184 Walden Road, Thaxted Road, B1053 Radwinter Road, Walden Road, Radwinter Road, B1053 Walden Road, B1051 and vice versa.

Working hours will be between 7am and 7pm Monday to Friday.

Advance notices will be in place and appropriate diversions signed during closure periods.  We urge all drivers to take additional care during the works, allowing extra time, observing signage and traffic management in place.

Further information

Dates may be subject to change if affected by poor weather conditions 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 the local parish councils. For details about other roadworks in the area, please visit: or the @essexhighways twitter feed.