Flitch Way closed to public after concerns over safety of bridge

A diversion is in place on the Flitch Way from July 29

A diversion is in place on the Flitch Way from July 29 - Credit: Archant

A public right of way on the edge of Rayne is set to be diverted after safety concerns were raised about an ageing railway bridge.

Essex Highways has been monitoring the condition of the disused bridge, above the Flitch Way, which is a no-through road towards Fenton’s Farm.

The parapets on the bridge are cracked and engineers say they are now at risk of further movement.

As a result, the public right of way which runs under the bridge, known as the Flitch Way, will be closed from today (Friday, July 29) until repairs can be undertaken.

Pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders will be diverted and signs advising of the new route will be in place in the area.

Fenton’s Road, which runs over the bridge, will be narrowed to keep road users away from the parapets at the sides, but will remain open to traffic.

The bridge will be monitored monthly and Highways say they are working to find an effective solution.