MP wants to ensure bridge work on track after delays

Torbay Weekly

Torbay MP Kevin Foster is meeting with rail chiefs after delays to a major bridge scheme in Torquay.

The bridge on Torbay Road over the railway line in Livermead next to Wheatridge Lane is expected to remain closed for an extra month due to supply chain issues.

It is now expected to be completed on Friday April 8.

Mr Foster said: "This is very disappointing news, especially for the residents who live along the main diversion routes.

"Local residents and I appreciate the necessity of works to replace a bridge which was a century old and could not continue being repaired, yet this delay will mean more impact for those living nearby and cost for local businesses affected by delays.

"Cockington with Chelston councillor Andrew Barrand and I will be taking up Network Rail’s offer of an urgent meeting to understand what has gone wrong and how much certainty there is about the new finish date.

"Combined with the delays in Torbay Council completing roadworks in Torwood Street and the imminent to start works in Hele, Upton and St Marychurch it’s becoming a difficult start to 2022 for Torbay’s road users.”.

Network Rail is working closely with its contractor to ensure there are no further delays.

Stuart Calvert, Network Rail Capital Delivery Director, was reported as saying: “We are really disappointed to have to share this news and sincerely apologise to local residents, businesses, and road users for the delay in the completion of this work.
“We pride ourselves on our punctuality and efficiency when undertaking complex projects such as this bridge replacement, however, on this occasion we have regrettably faced a number of unforeseen challenges which has resulted in this delay.

“Our teams will be working closely with our contractor to ensure there are no further delays and if it safe and possible to do so, try and complete the work sooner.”