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New warning signs for Wrecclesham Bridge "ready for installation"

New warning signs for Wrecclesham Bridge "ready for installation"

Published by Carol Musgrave at 6:09am 20th May 2019. (Updated at 7:28am 20th May 2019)

Lorry drivers using the A325 in Wrecclesham could be faced with new overheight vehicle activated road signs as soon as the end of this month.

Over the years lorries with heights that exceed the clearance required to get under the railway bridge have got stuck or even overturned, causing traffic chaos in the area.

There have been calls for better signage - most recently from South West Surrey MP Jeremy Hunt, - who tweeted last month that Surrey County Council should install overheight vehicle activated signs "ASAP."

SCC confirmed back in March that the new signs were being custom made and would be installed "as soon as possible."

Now, Mr Hunt has told Eagle Radio that the new signs are scheduled to be installed at the end of May:

"I am very pleased the new signs have finally been manufactured and arrived in the UK ready for installation.

"Some important electrical works now need to be implemented on site in Wrecclesham and once done, the new signs are scheduled for installation at the end of this month."

Surrey County Council says the next stage is to install new power supplies to the height detectors on the approaches to the bridge.

Once that is complete, their sign contractor will be able to install the new signs.

Mr Hunt is also campaigning for changes to A3 diversion routes on the A325, which he hopes will help prevent more incidents of lorries hitting bridges.

He said he been told that Surrey County Council, Highways England and Hampshire County Council are in talks about the routes:

"Furthermore to mitigate the risk of future bridge strikes at this location, I have been informed that Officers in Surrey County Council are liaising with Highways England Officers and Hants County Council with regards to amending A3 diversion routes, some of which utilise the A325 as the diversion route for both planned works and emergency closures.

"I sincerely hope this brings an end to these dangerous and all too frequent bridge strikes."

Highways England uses signage to advise drivers on the appropriate and official diversion to take and meets with Surrey County Council to discuss ways to improve our diversion routes.

A spokesperson said:

"Highways England works with our local authority partners to agree the most appropriate diversion routes when our roads and motorways have to close.

"When the Hindhead Tunnel is closed, part of the diversion route uses the A325, though there is a separately signed route specifically for high sided vehicles so that they avoid Wrecclesham Bridge in Farnham.

"Safety is our top priority, and we will continue working with Surrey County Council to see what further measures we can take together to prevent drivers following the wrong route when a diversion is in place."

 

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