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Damage ‘being assessed’ after bridge is closed in Portsmouth

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PART of a railway line once used by Queen Victoria to get to her seaside retreat has been demolished.

The railway bridge over Wych Lane in Gosport, has been knocked down to make way for the controversial Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).

Wych Lane bridge demolition and road closure in Bridgemary, Gosport.    ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (110830-3)

Wych Lane bridge demolition and road closure in Bridgemary, Gosport. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (110830-3)

Workers spent Tuesday morning excavating the site before demolishing the bridge yesterday.

Residents have told of their sadness at the loss of the bridge which was regularly used by Queen Victoria to travel to Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, until her death in 1901.

Viv Morge, of Wych Lane, who has campaigned against the BRT on the grounds it was killing protected wildlife, had previously tried to have the bridge listed.

But she said her attempt failed because a concrete support was added to it in the 1930s.

She said: ‘I wrote to English Heritage to see if they could list it but they can’t.

‘The bridge in Brewers Lane is listed because it has got its original arch.’

She added: ‘It is a Victorian bridge.

‘Why on earth can’t the buses go along the top?’

The Fareham to Gosport train line was opened in November 1841.

Resident David Ellis, 66, of nearby Morris Close, said it was ‘a shame’ it has been knocked down.

‘It’s been there for as long as I can remember it,’ he said.

‘Most people think the whole scheme is absolutely pointless.’

Work adapting Wych Lane for the BRT route is expected to finish by January 2012.

It means the road will be closed for 10 months.

A Hampshire County Council spokeswoman said: ‘The demolition of the bridge and re-modelling of the old railway line and Wych Lane will allow buses to enter and exit the BRT route at Wych Lane.

‘The old railway bridge was a single track width and therefore not wide enough to carry two-way bus traffic.’