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The A1 will be closed for a day while the Brampton Road Bridge gets demolished


By Ben Comber


The new Brampton Road bridge (bottom) is 50 metres longer than the old one (top) and will span both the existing A1 and the new A14 ヨ photo taken in December 2017
The new Brampton Road bridge (bottom) is 50 metres longer than the old one (top) and will span both the existing A1 and the new A14 ヨ photo taken in December 2017

It's part of the progressing A14 upgrade.

The old Brampton Road bridge will be demolished this weekend by excavators positioned on the protected A1 carriageway beneath it, which will break it down mechanically. All the concrete recovered from the old bridge will be crushed and reused on the project.

A new bridge over the A1 near Brampton was opened on Monday (February 12), which is why the old bridge is being demolished.

It’s part of the £1.5 billion major improvement scheme.

To carry out this work safely, the A1 and Brampton Road will need to be closed between Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 February as follows:

Full closure of Brampton Road (Sat 8pm – Sun 3pm)

Full closure of the A1 northbound Buckden to Brampton Hut (Sat 8pm – Sun 3pm)

Full closure of the A1 southbound Brampton Hut to Brampton (Sat 8pm – Sun 3pm)

During the closures, clearly signed diversions will be in place. Drivers wishing to travel along the northbound A1 will be diverted via the A428, A1198 and A14, while drivers heading south will use the same diversion in reverse. A set of temporary traffic lights will manage traffic on the new Brampton Road bridge.

The new bridge, which is 50 metres longer than the old one and will need to span both the new, widened A1 and future A14 – totalling 10 lanes of carriageway.

Mike Evans, Highways England senior stakeholder manager for the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon, said: “The Brampton Road bridge is an important link for communities living across the A1 and A14 just south of Huntingdon and we are delighted that many turned up on Monday to mark the occasion and open the new bridge to traffic with us.

“Now that the new bridge is opened we can get on with demolishing the old bridge and continue building the new A1 and A14 carriageways at this location and keep to the project’s challenging timetable to open the new A14 to traffic by the end of 2020.”



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