Residents have noted an increase in overnight activity this week as Network Rail fight against time to deliver the promised re-opening of the Sharnbrook/Souldrop railway bridge.
The Souldrop bridge, is re-scheduled to open on the 7th November which is three months late after failing to meet it’s original August 11th deadline. The delay has been attributed to “unforeseen circumstances” by Network Rail which offers little explanation for the apparent lack of activity over the last few months until the recent overnight work.
The following day, Templars Way in Sharnbrook will be closed and for 6 months. Diversion routing is challenging and it is planned to use Souldrop/Sharnbrook Road as one of the options. This will be effective from Saturday 8th November 2014.
At this point it is unclear whether or not the previous Traffic Lights or bridge weight restrictions be retained. There are concerns in the village that the re-opening of the bridge will see the return of Heavy Goods Vehicles and a general increase in traffic using the Sharnbrook/Souldrop road, which one resident describes as a “rat-race”. Certainly the village can expect to see an increase in traffic once the bridge is re-opened and particularly for the following six months or more whilst Templars Way is closed