Selby swing bridge closed for repairs
- 27 July 2014
- From the section England
A "problematic" railway swing bridge will be closed for the next six weeks, leading to train diversions in North and East Yorkshire.
Selby bridge is expected to reopen on 8 September when the major part of its £8m refurbishment should be completed.
The work on the bridge, built in 1889, includes repairs to steelwork, hydraulics, way-beams and repainting.
Brent Huntingdon from Goole Town Council said he was concerned about the knock-on effect of extra trains through the East Yorkshire town.
"Because the [level crossing] barriers will be going down so many more times, traffic will be backing up down Pasture Road [and] Boothferry Road, the main through road into the town," he said.
Selby rail station manager David Hatfield said: "It is a headache but ultimately I think anyone that travels across the bridge regularly and actually sees the bridge realises that the refurbishment work needs to be done.
"Currently there's a speed restriction on there of 5mph, or 15mph for certain trains, and really that isn't sustainable.
"The bridge has been problematic."