Repair will bridge the gap for Twyford villagers

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WITH any luck, Twyford’s bridge will be reopened by the end of the month.

Work to enable the bridge, on the Steeple Claydon road, to reopen is set to begin next week, with a view to completion by September 30.

A Transport for Bucks (TfB) spokesman said: “The bridge will then be open, but at this stage it is just an interim measure to enable the bridge to be used again.”

The bridge over the disused railway line has been closed to motor vehicles since July.

It was first declared to be in a dangerous condition a year ago and a ‘Road Closed’ notice and temporary barriers were erected by TfB last September.

But irate residents insisted on using the bridge anyway, because the alternative route north to Buckingham, through Charndon, adds an extra two and a half miles to their journey.

And in July TfB finally concreted metal posts into the carriageway to prevent motor vehicles crossing.

Chairman of Twyford Parish Council, Roger Landells, has been keeping in touch with TfB over the issue, and he welcomed the news that the bridge would be reopened.

“They deserve some credit for doing it,” he said.

“If it goes to plan, the people of Twyford will be absolutely delighted and pleased that it’s been resolved at last.”

A TfB spokesman said investigative work still had to be done to decide on the most suitable repair for the bridge in the long term.