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Thistley Green Bridge, Felsted Road, Felsted

Latest News - 16 December 2019: Thistley Green Bridge - strengthening works complete

We are pleased to confirm strengthening works at Thistley Green Bridge are complete and the road closure on Felsted Road has been lifted. The road is open to all traffic.

Strengthening works included lining the current circular brick arch with reinforced concrete pipes inserted into the existing opening as illustrated in the photos below. The annulus between the new pipe and the old bridge was filled with foam concrete.

As part of the scheme, the bridge has also been widened and backfilled with foam concrete and top soil, all retained by concrete filled sand bag walls.  The photos below show the completed work.

We would like to thank residents for their co-operation and support over the last two months.


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Works Location


View from road

View of brick arch

visible cracks in brick arch

About the scheme

Thistley Green Bridge is a circular brick arch structure on Felsted Road which is currently in a weak condition and in need of strengthening.  The bridge carries excess water from the River Ter and local farmland in times of flooding.

The works

Arrangements have been made to commence strengthening works from 14 October at Thistley Green Bridge.  This will involve lining the current circular brick arch with a reinforced concrete pipe to be inserted into the existing bridge.

We anticipate the works will be completed in early December 2019, subject to weather being suitable and no unexpected issues arising.

What is involved and how it may affect you

These works will require a full temporary closure of the road to all vehicles during the construction period from a point approximately 115m southeast of its junction with Hollow Road for a distance of approximately 100m in a southeasterly direction.

A signed diversion will be in place via Felsted Road, School Lane, Dumney Lane, Main Road, Moulsham Hall Lane, Great Leighs Bypass Roundabout, Bartholomew Green Road, Crix Green Road, Frenches Green Road, Bannister Green, Burnstie Road, Cock Green Road, Causeway End Road and vice versa.

The closure will safeguard members of the public and the workforce during the construction period as operatives will be working in the watercourse adjacent to and beneath the bridge. This will also provide the space needed to allow heavy plant and equipment to lift concrete pipe sections down onto the riverbed. 

Pedestrians and dismounted cyclists will be permitted access by the onsite team throughout the majority of the works, however please note this will not be possible when lifting operations are in progress. These are currently planned for week commencing 28 October and are expected to take approximately four days. 

A local pedestrian diversion route will be available for Public Rights of Way (PRoW 15_94) footpath access, to the northwest side of the bridge.

We endeavour to provide the latest information about the scheme, including any changes to the programme or traffic management as information becomes available.

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.

For details about other roadworks in the area please visit: (formerly or the @essexhighways twitter feed.