Bridges replaced in Vale blockade

Work to renew bridges on the Cotswold Line in the Vale of Evesham has been taking place this week.

The route has been closed between Moreton-in-Marsh and Worcester since Saturday, May 29, and will reopen on Saturday, June 5, after Network Rail completes replacement of bridges over George Lane in Wyre Piddle, near Pershore, and a short span of the bridge over the River Avon at Fladbury.

The decks of the bridges were life-expired. Other engineering work was also being carried out in the area during the closure, including some track repairs at Charlton.

Trains have been operating to a modified timetable between London Paddington, Oxford and Moreton-in-Marsh, with buses replacing trains to and from stations to Evesham and Worcester Foregate Street. A very limited peak hour train service was operating between London and Worcester Shrub Hill or Hereford.

Services will resume on Saturday, June 5, although with a slightly later start than usual and some other alterations to early morning trains. Check train times before travelling.

CLPG committee member Steve Widdowson photographed the work site at Fladbury from the riverbank and a nearby road bridge, along with an access point for equipment created at the site of the old Fladbury station.



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