Road Closure & Ex Railway & Road Bridge Closed

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Road Closure & Ex Railway & Road Bridge Closed

Postby Hornchurch » 26 Apr 2021, 19:50

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As this IS Geographical, current & is NOT 'Historical' I hope I've landed this in the right section ?

(As in, I'd expect to find this kinda thing ON a 'Noticeboard' - Alas, internet is not showing any info')


Near Knight's Hill are the villages of both Roydon & Congham.

Both are connected by a long, long lane - At the King's Lynn end, is a BRIDGE

Both this BRIDGE and the long, long road-lane itself are closed too (at the Lynn-end)


Anyone know as to WHAT is going-on there or what has caused this closure ?

There are heaps of 'Aggregate' on both sides of the bridge, plus some wooden-cladding

I see no (apparent) notices, nor K.L.W.N. notification, so, I figured that someone on this board might have an idea ?

https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1855119

https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1855106


I'll post a link (above), to the 'Geograph' pictures of both location & bridge in question...so folks know as to which I'm referring to

P.S ; there is a map at the base of each link, showing it's proximity to King's Lynn

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Re: Road Closure & Ex Railway & Road Bridge Closed

Postby Tresagreen » 27 Apr 2021, 13:36

Work is for infill of old railway bridge, St Andrews Lane. 19-30 April
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Re: Road Closure & Ex Railway & Road Bridge Closed

Postby Hornchurch » 03 May 2021, 02:56

Tresagreen wrote:

Work is for infill of old railway bridge, St Andrews Lane. 19-30 April



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Many thanks for that info' Tresa', it's very much appreciated.

Crafty blighters went home 'early' (each night, I'm told :lol: ), looks like a "cushy-number" from what I've been told.

I saw that the road (lane), is now back open & according to your dates (again, I'm told), opened a day-early.

I did see the bridge this eve', about 90-mins before sunset - Looks like "heaped up" Gravel beside the bridge, each end.

From what I can gather, no more vehicles, horses, ponies, or human-beings will ever go underneath it's spans again - shame :( (foreseeable future)

Tres' ; As you obviously found-out the details, was the project instructed by the local district council, or, the 'Highways Agency' ?

Without knowing (or seeing up-close), the "Infill" seems like a cheap way out.

I thought (from memory alone), that the 'Geograph' pix ('net), show the bridge has "Girders" as in R.S.J type - (maybe even Iron ?)

My folks inform me, that back in the early-mid 1990's, there WAS a fallen concrete beam that had a smart '1921' etched into the concrete plinth

In fact, my Father took me to see it (again, mid-90's), but I recall around it was covered in nettles & other stone-detritis

Shame there are (no known ?), photographs of it, in use, during it's M&GN railway heyday, or the land nearby - (I mean 1920's, 1930's, 1940's, 1950's)

"If" anyone knows of any, please DO shout & holler - I'd love to see them, if so.


https://www.newcivilengineer.com/latest/plan-to-demolish-and-infill-hundreds-of-unused-rail-bridges-and-tunnels-must-be-stopped-dft-told-06-01-2021/

POST EDIT ; About 20-mins after I signed-out, I stumbled across this.... above - I'll presume it's amongst those mentioned ?

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Re: Road Closure & Ex Railway & Road Bridge Closed

Postby Tresagreen » 03 May 2021, 08:38

Norfolk County Council Highways Dept, but you have to dig REALLY deep to find the info.
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Re: Road Closure & Ex Railway & Road Bridge Closed

Postby Hornchurch » 08 May 2021, 17:02

Tresagreen wrote:
Norfolk County Council Highways Dept, but you have to dig REALLY deep to find the info.


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Hi Tres'

I couldn't find a thing, EXCEPT THIS.... Rather "Telling" Article - (I'd say "worrying")

https://www.newcivilengineer.com/latest/plan-to-demolish-and-infill-hundreds-of-unused-rail-bridges-and-tunnels-must-be-stopped-dft-told-06-01-2021/


"IF" this li'l snippet is anything to go by, then it seems 'they' were as keen as mustard


"According to the HRE Group – an alliance of engineers, active travel campaigners and greenway developers"

" – 135 structures are currently at risk of demolition - or infilling - by Highways England"



Seems like it's already "too late" for the M&GN bridge that I'd highlighted.


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Re: Road Closure & Ex Railway & Road Bridge Closed

Postby EWW » 08 May 2021, 17:33

Its just not done to change other posters text Mr Hornchurch. If Ms Green wanted it that size she would have posted it that size.
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