Souldrop Bridge returns

Closed for five months! Looking towards the traffic lights on the railway bridge at Sharnbrook Road Souldrop.

Closed for eight months! Looking towards the traffic lights on the railway bridge at Sharnbrook Road Souldrop.

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

 

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Woman Killed by train

A woman has been hit and killed by a train near Back Lane bridge, Souldrop, on Thursday the 2nd October, at shortly after 9AM. Police say the woman’s death is not being treated as suspicious.
Trains were delayed throughout the region until at least 11am as a result.

Officers from Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire were joined by British Transport Police in conducting searches, and the police helicopter and paramedics were also in attendance.

A British Transport Police spokesman said: “We were called to the line in Souldrop, Bedfordshire, at 9.10am to reports of a woman being struck by a train.
“We attended the scene alongside colleagues from Northamptonshire Police and the East of England Ambulance Service and a woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
“The incident is not being treated as suspicious and officers are working to identify the woman and inform her family.
“A file will be prepared for the coroner.”

 

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Five Month Sharnbrook Road Closure!

Sharnbrook Road, Souldrop will be closed to all traffic from Thursday 20th March 2014 until Monday 11th August 2014 inclusive.

Closed for five months! Looking towards the traffic lights on the railway bridge at Sharnbrook Road Souldrop.

Closed for five months! Looking towards the traffic lights on the railway bridge at Sharnbrook Road Souldrop.

Due to the demolition and reconstruction of the railway bridge on Sharnbrook Road Souldrop, there will be a 24 hour restriction to traffic on Sharnbrook Road from the junction with High Street, Souldrop to the High Street/Colworth Road, Sharnbrook.

Planning Decision Document

The reason given is that modification of the bridge is necessary for the electrification of the Midlands Mainline railway.

The bridge will be re-aligned, raised a metre above it’s current height, and strengthened. Full planning documents

Five months without easy access to Sharnbrook is something the Souldrop villagers will have to look forward to this year, as this road is closed for ‘necessary work’. Access to Sharnbrook will take the form of a two and a half mile detour via the A6 and turning at Templars Way, Sharnbrook. The bus numbers 25 and 26 will also detour the same way, perhaps making the bus journey to Bedford a few minutes longer.

Sharnbrook have raised issues that If both traffic lights and weight restrictions are removed once the work is completed then large lorries will start to use this road making passing difficult and potentially causing damage/accidents. The Bedford Borough Council have not made any promises, but have suggested making recommendations to the highway department. A local landowner has made a query about the need ‘for parapets.

This information and information about other Bedford road closures can be found on the Bedford Council Service Disruption website  here

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