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Flanchford Bridge replacement works

Works Update - 6 March 2017

We are pleased to confirm that Flanchford Road was reopened to all traffic on 5 March 2017 following the completion of this scheme. We apologise that this was slightly later than previously advertised; we were working hard to mitigate the time lost through a number of flood events and freezing weather conditions experienced in early 2017.

To view photos of our recent works please see our Flanchford Bridge - February progress (PDF).

Scheme overview

We have replaced Flanchford Bridge after it was damaged during the floods in the winter of 2013/14. Work started on 16 May 2016 and was completed on 5 March 2017.

Diagram of new Flanchford BridgeWe had needed to carry out significant remedial works on the old bridge to repair the damage to the brickwork and the river bed. A weight restriction was also introduced. By replacing the structure it means that the three tonne weight restriction can be lifted and future maintenance works will be minimised, thus reducing ongoing costs and disruption to the area.

A diagram displaying how the new Flanchford Bridge will look from an aerial and a side view, can be found opposite (clicking on the image will enlarge it).

Why couldn't we repair the existing bridge?

Investigations showed that water had eroded the foundations of the bridge, part of the brickwork had cracked and asbestos had been found. Replacing the bridge was more cost effective and means that we have a structure with an expected life span of 120 years.

Why was the scheme completion date extended?

The main reason for revising our schedule was due to the installation of a temporary bridge, designed to carry a large water pipe, which took longer to build than expected. This water pipe provides water for 3000 properties in the rural areas surrounding Dorking, so was a vital measure but included a series of complex stages, during which we encountered a number of delays. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


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