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Bascule bridge closures announced

PUBLISHED: 11:49 10 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:14 05 July 2010

More closures are planned for the bascule bridge at Lowestoft.

More closures are planned for the bascule bridge at Lowestoft.

THE next and final phase of overnight closures of the A12 Bascule Bridge in Lowestoft has been agreed to complete essential maintenance of the bridge.

The Bascule Bridge will be closed overnight (from 8pm to 6am) on 20, 22, 23, 24, 25 September.

THE next and final phase of overnight closures of the A12 Bascule Bridge in Lowestoft has been agreed to complete essential maintenance of the bridge.

The Bascule Bridge will be closed overnight (from 8pm to 6am) on 20, 22, 23, 24, 25 September. Further overnight closures are planned in November, exact details will be released when the dates have been finalised.

The Highways Agency is working hard to limit the impact of the work needed to complete the maintenance works and has worked closely alongside other key stakeholders who have an interest. This latest programme of works will coincide with daytime work carried out by Suffolk County Council on Bridge Road, which is due to start on 15 September. Bridge Road will be closed to southbound traffic for 6 weeks from 15 September to 26 October and on nights of bridge closures a combined diversion route has been agreed.

Peter Smith, Area Performance Manager for the Highways Agency said: “The Highways Agency and contractor Bosch Rexroth have met with representatives from the local authorities, police and emergency services, plus rail operator National Express, to agree a programme for works at Bascule Bridge.

“Starting Bascule work on Saturday 20 September will allow a week for traffic to settle during the Suffolk County Council works and enable the Highways Agency to monitor safety and ensure no extra congestion is created when the bridge closures commence.

“We would like to apologise for the further disruption caused to the residents and businesses of Lowestoft and assure them that we are striving to reduce this as far as possible. We are confident that these closures should see an end to the remaining works.”

Closures were suspended during July and August to keep disruption to local businesses to a minimum during the peak holiday season.

The temporary footbridge currently provided as an alternative crossing over Lake Lothing for pedestrians and cyclists will remain open to the public until the end of September.

Advanced signing and a signed diversion route will be in place during the overnight closures. People using the bridge are asked to consider using public transport, walking or cycling during the closures.

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