Wiltshire

Dauntsey railway bridge in Wiltshire is demolished

Dauntsey Lock bridge
Network Rail said the work to electrify the railway line was "on target"

A railway bridge in Wiltshire has been demolished as part of a £45m project to electrify the Great Western line.

A new bridge will be built on the B4069 at Dauntsey Lock and Network Rail said it hoped the structure would be installed and re-opened by August.

The firm said electrification would "improve one of Britain's busiest and oldest railways".

But some residents have expressed concern about the length of the closure and how this might affect businesses.

This issue has been taken up by Conservative MP for North Wiltshire James Gray who recently met with the Department of Transport.

He said: "I have raised the question of whether or not local small businesses who may be badly affected by these temporary closures might be eligible for any form of compensation,

"The minister undertook to discuss that with Network Rail although he was not at all optimistic that any such compensation was available given the very large number of bridges which they are going to have to close between London and Exeter."

Mr Gray said he expected to hear from the Department of Transport in the next few weeks.

Network Rail added "contractual obligations" meant work had to be carried out at weekends and during the night.

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