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Work set to start on repairs to Oundle North Bridge after the financial collapse of Northamptonshire County Council meant £1.3m of repairs were delayed

Work will start next week on a historic Oundle bridge that has been closed to lorries for 16 months.

The North Bridge in the market town was hit by the financial collapse of Northamptonshire County Council after the authority was initially unable to pay for the repairs to the Grade II listed bridge.

The Government stumped up the £1.3m cash needed earlier this year, but the repair had to go through various planning processes.

Oundle North Bridge
Oundle North Bridge

Permission for the work to go ahead has now been granted and work will start on Monday (November 11).

However, there will be 30 weeks of repairs to strengthen the bridge.

Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for highways Coun Jason Smithers (Con), said: “I’m delighted that we’re now in a position to start these works which have long been anticipated.

Oundle North Bridge Photo: Google Maps
Oundle North Bridge Photo: Google Maps

“Because the structure is Grade II listed, these works are far more complicated than on a regular bridge.

“I’d like to thank everyone for their patience on this. We’re also keeping disruption to a minimum as much as possible while the work takes place.”

The council says that most of the repair work will take place under the structure to keep impact on motorists to a minimum.

The southern footway will be closed at all times to allow work to be carried out safely. Pedestrian access will be maintained on the other side of the bridge.

So that vegetation can be cleared safely there will be weekend daytime closures in the first few weeks, although dates have not yet been agreed.

The council says that towards the end of the work programme some full 24 hour closures will be required to allow the width restriction to be removed and to resurface the carriageway.

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