Bridge re­open­ing be­ings re­lief for driv­ers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

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.

Pic­ture: Gary Bowne pd1523393

New­town Road Bridge

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