Bridge reopening beings relief for drivers
THE Newtown Road Bridge finally reopened on Friday after being shut for 10 months. Two redundant bridges have been removed and the main Hastings line railway bridge over Newtown Road has been widened. Work was due to be completed in the autumn but suffered delays. The reopening will be a relief for drivers forced to make a long detour. The raised bridge will allow bigger, more modern buses to fit under it, as well as the socalled Smartlink bus service, which is due to be introduced in 2012. Smartlink will connect new housing and leisure areas, commercial and retail outlets and the town’s proposed new park and ride sites. In the short term the new height restriction will allow a new “cross town” bus service, the E Line, to link Newtown and South Willesborough with the Designer Outlet Centre, international station, town centre, Eureka Leisure Park and Eureka Business Park. The new service, which will be a branded bus that will provide later evening journeys and a new Saturday timetable, will start in March 2009.
Newtown Road Bridge