Repair work to Finchingfield bridge “likely” to begin in 2020

PUBLISHED: 10:28 25 February 2019 | UPDATED: 10:56 25 February 2019

Finchingfield bridge was closed between February 18 and February 22 . Picture: ROGER KING

Finchingfield bridge was closed between February 18 and February 22 . Picture: ROGER KING

Roger King

Work to replace Finchingfield bridge, which connects two halves of the village, is likely to start in 2020, Essex County Council (ECC) have said.

The bridge, used by residents, commuters and villagers from nearby areas, was closed last week for five days in order for investigative work to be carried out. This lead to patients being forced to miss doctor’s appointments, businesses suffering and collisions on local routes, residents reported.

An ECC spokesman said: “Essex Highways engineers have been carrying out investigative trial holes and extracting cores from the material below the bridge last week. The cores and other findings will now be reviewed to inform plans to replace the bridge.

“This work was delayed from October 2018 due to reasons beyond the control of Essex County Council. The delay means that the major work to demolish the existing bridge and re-build a similar-looking bridge in keeping with the historic look of the village is now likely to start in 2020. Further information on the programme will be released as the replacement design progresses.”

Essex Highways had previously suggested work would begin this summer.

Councillor Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure at ECC said: “This is absolutely necessary work, which must be done as soon as it can be practically arranged. We very much understand there are concerns regarding the work and the proposed closure, which is why we are continually talking to the relevant councils and with them to various local individuals.”

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