Meeting hears of Middleton St George residents' fears over bridge replacement works (From The Northern Echo)
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Meeting hears of Middleton St George residents' fears over bridge replacement works
RESIDENTS facing severe disruption when a bridge over a busy railway line is replaced fear they face ‘18 weeks of hell’ while the work is carried out.
More than 200 people attended a public meeting to discuss concerns surrounding the replacement of the road bridge over the railway, which runs right through the centre of Middleton St George, near Darlington.
The work is scheduled to begin at the end of September and last over the winter months.
That section of road will be closed while work is ongoing, with residents to the south of the affected area left with no choice but to use a single-track road as the only other route into and out of the village.
Saturday’s (August 17) meeting was a lively affair, with residents addressing their concerns to representatives from Network Rail and contractor Carillion.
The bridge is being replaced as part of a package of improvements to Dinsdale station, including new CCTV and public address systems.
Councillor Doris Jones, who represents the village at borough and parish council level and was among those at the meeting, said: “Dinsdale is a key stop on the Bishop Auckland to Saltburn line and provides a convenient and affordable form of transport.
“Residents are going to benefit from a more modern station, but will have to put up with a great deal of disruption first.
“There will be 18 weeks of hell and there were some very, very angry residents at the meeting.”
Coun Jones said residents expressed fears over the heavy machinery that will be brought into the village during the works.
Fears were also expressed that the work could overrun and take longer than the planned 18 weeks.
Simon Robinson, scheme project manager for Network Rail, spoke at the meeting and moved to allay some of the residents’ concerns.
He said: “This bridge is no different from any other and the company that we are using has done this job on numerous occasions.
“They are confident that the time scales we have proposed are not an issue.”
Mr Robinson said he would be on site during much of the project and said residents were welcome to discuss any concerns with him directly.
A spokeswoman for Network Rail said: “We would always try to carry out any job such as this as quickly and efficiently as possible, in conjunction with the local highways authority.”
Concerns can also be reported to Network Rail on 08457-114-141.
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