Bishopstoke Bridge re-opened to Traffic


Engineer and police assess damage

Engineer and police assess damage

The town’s busy Bishopstoke road bridge has re-opened to traffic following a 90 minute closure this afternoon (Sunday 19 May) on safety grounds.

Train services to London on the mainline were also disrupted.

The recently elected County Councillor for Eastleigh East – former Lib Dem now Ukip Cllr Andy Moore – alerted Police and engineers to cracks in the bridge by the expansion joints which had exposed bolts.

The bridge was closed from approximately 2.50 – 4.10 pm it was re-opened after an inspection by Rail Network engineers.

Police said that the closure was purely precautionary and that at no time were members of the public in any danger.

The Police – who consulted with County engineers, also  said the damage that was reported was part of a ‘long term issue’.

  13 comments for “Bishopstoke Bridge re-opened to Traffic

  1. Matthew Myatt
    May 20, 2013 at 11:40 am

    So there is a long term issue that the bridge is falling to bits and will soon become a danger to the public…!!

  2. Sam Snook
    May 20, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    The EU is set to steamroller bigger heavier lorries
    into Britain, what ever UK minsters might say.

    They simply won’t have the, power to stop them
    in fact the Swedes are testing a 90tonne Vehicle
    with three trailers. Our roads and bridges will not
    Sam Snook

    • Steve Smallwood
      May 20, 2013 at 7:13 pm

      So maybe we should get Europe involved in designing and building our infrastructure instead of this eurobashing little Englander attitude. Clearly their bridges are strong enough.

      • Pete Stewart
        May 20, 2013 at 8:37 pm

        Surely Europe has been designing and building our infrastructure since 1973! That’s why we have mass youth unemployment and no manufacturing base.

        What’s wrong with “eurobashing”? The EU stinks (I think it’s their rotten accounts). Do you support the EU?

        As for the phrase “little Englander”, it was first used in the late 1800s by Brits, to disparage other Brits who felt the Empire should not be so large.

        Interesting how the EU (I believe it was former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt) succeeded in persuading some Brits to use it as a weapon against their own countrymen for daring to dissent and suggest the EU should not be so large (i.e. minus Britain).

        As for faulty bridge work, Britain fares a lot better than Europe.

        Since 1900, barring natural and other disasters, we’ve had only one bridge failure whereas Germany and Belgium have had 4.

        Theodor Heuss bridge, Ludwigshafen, Germany 1940

        Viersel bridge, Belgium, 1966 (2 killed)

        Cheddau Bridge, Wales 1970 (4 killed)

        Koblenz bridge, Germany 1971 (13 killed)

        Aschaffenburg bridge, Germany 1988

  3. Pete Stewart
    May 20, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Sam’s experience in drainage over 25 years should not be ignored. He knows these roads better than anyone. These massive EU lorries should not be allowed.

    And Matthew rightly notes a very odd thing, that this damage was apparently expected as part of a “long term issue”!
    Perhaps the engineers would care to clarify what they mean by a “long term issue”

    • Steve Smallwood
      May 20, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      I’m sure he knows a lot about infrastructure but weight limits and restrictions on roads are perfectly possible. If generally our infrastructure is not good enough that is not the fault of the EU. It is this constant anti-europe whining over something that is nothing directly to do with Europe that gets my goat.

    • Sam Snook
      May 20, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      When they can afford it-Peter.

  4. Sam Snook
    May 20, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    My source was called “The hidden local issue”

    You may know more than most people however,
    I write so all readers of Eastleigh News will read
    my comments, and may reply.

    As for your comments—anti EU Daily Mail scare
    article, might I suggest you contact the Daily Mail
    about that article. I don’t buy-or read the Daily Mail
    Sam Snook

  5. Pete Stewart
    May 21, 2013 at 8:30 am

    A “special report” written by The Independent 2 months before the local elections, no doubt because UKIP has dared to violate the two sacred EU cows of immigration and global warming.

    It seems for a large number of voters the “special report” was not quite special enough to stop them voting UKIP.

    But an article by The Independent on UKIP is as likely to be “enlightening” as an article by Vegan Monthly on the culinary delights of roast lamb.

    In fact the article mixes truth with untruths. Some of its “facts” are simply biased testimony. Verily – hell hath no fury like a (wannabe) UKIP leader scorned!

    To clarify, UKIP will not stop “immigration”, but “mass immigration of cheap EU labour” . . . there is a difference, but the difference may be too fine for those with the luxury of a stable job.

    However for millions of British manual workers, the prospect of open borders with Bulgaria and Rumania and the inevitable mass immigration of cheap EU labour (even if only another 1 or 2 million) weighs as heavy on their minds as does the shadow of death itself.

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