September 1st is now highly unlikely. Environment Agency permission has not been received yet. If it does not arrive by next Wednesday 16th August they cannot mobilise in time. The most likely start date is now Friday 15th September.
The principal re-routing is through Barton and across Bidford Bridge. At this juncture Balfour Beatty (BB) and WCC do not see a need for any change to the traffic light sequencing at Bidford. This will be kept under review and can be remotely updated to ensure flow is maximised, particularly, at the morning and evening peaks.
BB are going to put signage coming out of Stratford at the Bordon Place / Seven Meadows Road island (repeated at the Rosebird islands onto the Campden Road and at the Clifford Chambers spur to advise of an alternative route to Welford via Clifford Chambers and on through Weston on Avon.
Performance of the routing strategy will be kept under review.
Daren Pemberton (County Councillor) will liaise with WCC officers to ensure the bus operators are aware of the new dates and that services are maintained during closure periods with adequate notice of any changes / cancellations.
Duration of Works
BB has advised today that there will need to be a further detailed inspection of the bridge once it is stripped back to ascertain if further works are required. This is standard procedure because, of course, not everything can be determined by pre-commencement inspection. If this has the impact of extending the project Daren will advise everyone.