Evesham Abbey Bridge and Viaduct
Worcestershire County Council has secured
funding from the Government to rebuild Evesham’s Abbey Bridge and
Viaduct. This important project will ensure Evesham Town Centre
keeps its vital link across the River Avon, boosting the town’s
economy for years to come.
The existing bridge has been slowly
deteriorating for more than 60 years, despite regular maintenance
work. It is now in a state where it needs to be replaced.
Following a full tender process Hochtief Construction has been
awarded the design and build contract. Its portfolio of work
includes the replacement of the Paddington Bridge in London, and
the Stratford Bridge: an impressive two-lane highway bridge linking
the Olympic Park to the Stratford City Development.
It's previously been confirmed the link
across the River Avon will be closed to traffic for only 10 weeks
from mid-September (ensuring the link is open in the run-up to
Christmas) whilst the new Abbey Bridge and Viaduct is constructed –
considerably less than the 12 months first anticipated.
For the vast majority of the project,
vehicles will still be able to cross into and out of the historic
market town. The link will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists.
Disabled access will be maintained.
Flooding, heavy snowfall and prolonged freezing temperatures
experienced this winter has resulted in some elements of the
replacement project being delayed.
To significantly increase the construction and
to make time back on the programme, from May, work will take place
on both sides of the structure simultaneously. Whilst this work
takes place pedestrian access to the bridge will not be
- What is wrong with the existing
- What is the preferred option?
- What other options have been
- Why were other options discounted?
- How much will it cost and who is going to
pay for the project?
- Is the funding from Department for
Transport a certainty?
- What are the main factors in securing
- How confident are we that bidding will be
successful. When will the DfT make it's decision?
- What happens if the bid is
- If funding is secured, when is the
construction work expected to commence?
- When will a contractor be
- How long will the project construction
- How long will the bridge be closed to
- What happens to pedestrians and cyclists
- Will the contractor be made to make the
closure as short as possible?
- What happens to traffic while the bridge
- How will the contractor be
- Will representatives of the Evesham
Community be involved in selecting the bridge designs?
- Q. What is wrong with the existing
A. The structures are suffering corrosion of the reinforcing steels
which is causing a loss in weight carrying capacity
- Q. What is the
A. To replace the existing Bridge and Viaduct with new structures
designed and built to latest standards on the same alignment as the
- Q. What other options have been considered?
A. Repair and strengthening of the existing, rebuilding on a
different alignment, erecting a temporary bailey bridge off line
and then rebuilding on line.
- Q. Why were other options discounted?
A. Building the new structure away from the current alignment is
more expensive, cause a significant lowering of capacity to the
traffic light controlled junction and will cause a significant
impact of the meadows. The temporary bailey solution is also a much
more expensive scheme.
Repairing does not give a long term robust solution, maintenance
will have to continue and there is the potential of doing it all
again in the medium term future.
- Q. How much will it cost and who is going to pay for the
A. The project is estimated at around £13m. WCC will fund
approximately £4m with the rest coming from a Department for
- Q. Is the funding from Department for Transport a
A. No. The funding request to the Department for Transport is part
of a national funding competition. Schemes from around the country
are bidding for funds. National funding requests amount to
approximately 1.5 times the amount of funding available.
- Q. What are the main factors in securing funding?
A. Benefits of the project, local support, robust budgeting,
acceptance of risks by the local authority and deliverability by
- Q. How confident are we that bidding will be successful.
When will the DfT make it's decision?
A. Indications we have received so far would suggest that the
County Council has put together a very strong bid. The Department
for Transport (DfT) will make a final decision in December
- Q. What happens if the bid is unsuccessful?
A. It is unlikely that we would be able to bid for funding again
until after 2015. The County Council will review the options after
the December 2011 decision.
- Q. If funding is secured, when is the construction work
expected to commence?
- Q. When will a contractor be appointed?
A. As soon as DfT confirm funding, a contractor will be appointed
to design, obtain planning permission and rebuild the
- Q. How long will the project construction take?
A. Completion is expected in 2015
- Q. How long will the bridge be closed to vehicular
A. This is dependant on the winning contractor's programme, but is
expected to be about a year.
- Q. What happens to pedestrians and cyclists during
A. A temporary cycle and footbridge will be provided by the
- Q. Will the contractor be made to make the closure as
short as possible?
A. The tender is written in a way to encourage the contractor to
deliver the scheme in the shortest time possible as part of the
- Q. What happens to traffic while the bridge is
A. A detailed traffic management plan will be implemented as part
of any Bridge closure. More information will be given once the
funding has been secured.
- Q. How will the contractor be selected?
A. There is a defined tender evaluation procedure where cost,
aesthetics, duration of closure and quality of submission are
assessed and scored.
- Q. Will representatives of the Evesham Community be
involved in selecting the bridge designs?
A. Yes. Representatives will form part of a panel to judge the
aesthetics of the designs.
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The page is next due for review 22 January 2015.