Portsmouth bridge will be replaced

WORKS The A397 Northern Road bridge over the railway line at Cosham.   Picture: Malcolm Wells (122625-9789)
WORKS The A397 Northern Road bridge over the railway line at Cosham. Picture: Malcolm Wells (122625-9789)

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ONE of Portsmouth’s busiest routes will be revamped after the government has announced £11m of funding.

The Department of Transport has awarded the money for the replacement of Northern Road Bridge in Cosham.

Portsmouth City Council secured the cash to go alongside £1.5m it is investing in the project as part of regeneration plans for the city, which also includes the redevelopment of Tipner and the city centre.

The existing bridge over the railway has been in place for more than 90 years and has come to the end of its working life.

Councillor Mike Hancock, who is in charge of regeneration at Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘This is a very welcome announcement.

‘It secures the future of an important transport link, where work has been long overdue.

‘I’m delighted that the pressure we put on the government has paid off.’

As previously reported, the road will be closed to general traffic for about 20 weeks early next year, although the council has said it will strive to reduce this time.

The bridge will remain open to pedestrians, emergency vehicles, buses, taxis and other public service vehicles.

Cyclists will be asked to dismount while on the bridge and use the footpath.

During the closure, general traffic will be diverted via Western Road and Southampton Road.

Local shops and businesses in Cosham will remain open as usual.

The project is expected to be completed by autumn 2013.