UPDATE: Bridge re-opened at 16.20 following inspection by Network Rail – HCC engineers to re-assess at 5pm – Police say :
“Engineers tell us matter reported today is part of a long term issue”.
One of Eastleigh’s main thoroughfares the B3037 Bsihopstoke Road is closed to traffic this afternoon (Sunday May 19) after bolts on the Bishopstoke bridge were found to be exposed.
Police are turning traffic away until county engineers arrive to assess the damage but the bridge is still open to pedestrians and cyclists.
Mainline train services to London were also halted but it is understood they are being allowed to proceed under bridge with caution.
The exposed bolts and damaged concrete which are either side of one of the expansion joints was spotted by Eastleigh resident Paul Rice who said he felt the bridge vibrating unduly with the traffic.
Mr Rice said he first phoned 101 to report but was worried that the potential severity of the problem may have underestimated so he contacted his County Councillor – newly elected Ukip Councillor Andy Moore – who then immediately alerted the police himself and county engineers.
Cllr Moore said he feared the damage was a symptom of the cut backs in county spending and showed that Eastleigh’s infrastructure can’t cope with the traffic:
“We badly need that Chickenhall Lane link road” he told Eastleigh News.
It is not known when the bridge will reopen.