Work to replace damaged Eccles Heath bridge under way
Work to replace a bridge – damaged in a road traffic incident three years ago – is set to get under way at the end of the month.
Network Rail’s engineers will replace the bridge deck and parapets at the bridge at Eccles Heath, located between Attleborough and Snetterton.
The road has been closed to keep motorists and pedestrians safe since the incident in November 2017.
The bridge carries the road over the busy Norwich to Thetford rail line between Harling Road and Eccles Road stations and was damaged beyond repair in the incident.
After exploring all options to repair the existing structure, engineers decided that a full replacement was the only option owing to the age, design and construction of the bridge.
A timescale was originally set for the work to begin in 2022 but was brought forward, recognising the impact of the road closure on the community.
Site set up and preparatory work are under way until the end of the month, when the main work will begin, lasting until December 18.
Buses will replace trains for passengers travelling on October 31, and November 1, 7 and 8, with people advised to check before they travel.
Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s route director for Anglia, said: “When incidents like this occur, we always try to make a repair and reopen the road as soon as we can. On this occasion, the damage was so extensive that a replacement is the only way forward to maintain safety for everyone.
“We understand the importance of getting this done quickly and I’d like to thank our railway neighbours and our passengers in advance for their patience while we carry out this work.”