Preparations to demolish Taunton bridge as part of new road scheme

This is The West Country: Scaffolding constructed under the bridge. Scaffolding constructed under the bridge.

A DISUSED railway bridge is to be taken down and replaced by a section of new road.

Scaffolding has gone up around the structure in Station Road, Taunton, between Whitehall and Station Approach.

The existing bridge will be removed overnight to avoid disruption, while the cycle lane below has been temporarily closed for safety reasons.

The section of road in its place will link up the two parts of the £22million Northern Inner Distributor Road running between Staplegrove Road at Chip Lane and Priory Avenue which is currently under construction.

The new road aims to cut traffic congestion in the town centre and attract businesses to the derelict Firepool site, which has been earmarked for shops, offices, leisure facilities and homes.

A Somerset County Council spokesman said: “The next stage of the NIDR scheme involves removing and replacing the existing Kingston Loop bridge deck.

“Scaffolding has been erected for preparatory work, with the cycle lane on Station Road temporarily removed to keep a safe route open for cars and pedestrians.

“The bridge deck itself will be removed under overnight road closures. The date for this will be announced shortly.”

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9:51pm Tue 1 Jul 14

boliston says...

Looks like designers HBPW will be retaining the original victorian steelworks instead of simply replacing it with a generic utility structure which is good to hear
Looks like designers HBPW will be retaining the original victorian steelworks instead of simply replacing it with a generic utility structure which is good to hear boliston
  • Score: 7

9:02am Wed 2 Jul 14

Thurza says...

I think this was originally the canal bridge.
I think this was originally the canal bridge. Thurza
  • Score: 1

10:15am Wed 2 Jul 14

Somerset_BTGOG says...

I hope it’s a different company doing the bridge works and not the guys putting in kerb stones on the new large roundabout (which looks too big for Lorries to go round without using the two lanes) near the Shell garage, they will be building it for the next 50 years!
I hope it’s a different company doing the bridge works and not the guys putting in kerb stones on the new large roundabout (which looks too big for Lorries to go round without using the two lanes) near the Shell garage, they will be building it for the next 50 years! Somerset_BTGOG
  • Score: -3

10:33am Wed 2 Jul 14

david1966 says...

Yes this is the old aqueduct used for the canal, check the old maps - http://visionofbrita
in.org.uk/iipmooview
er/iipmooviewer_new.
html?map=bc_reports_
1868/Taunton_1868.

From the plans the idea is to leave the sides alone and replace the base with something suitable for traffic as currently its filled with dirt/junk. Hopefully they will take a brush and clean it up a bit.
Yes this is the old aqueduct used for the canal, check the old maps - http://visionofbrita in.org.uk/iipmooview er/iipmooviewer_new. html?map=bc_reports_ 1868/Taunton_1868. From the plans the idea is to leave the sides alone and replace the base with something suitable for traffic as currently its filled with dirt/junk. Hopefully they will take a brush and clean it up a bit. david1966
  • Score: 5

10:42am Wed 2 Jul 14

Somerset_BTGOG says...

Are you sure?

I thought it was the old goods yard railway bridge seeing as the canal is some distance away.
Are you sure? I thought it was the old goods yard railway bridge seeing as the canal is some distance away. Somerset_BTGOG
  • Score: -2

11:24am Wed 2 Jul 14

Aliendaz says...

Thurza wrote:
I think this was originally the canal bridge.
absolutely, it was the canal from Taunton to Tiverton, and I was led to believe they were going to revive it as part the the 25 year project for TDBC..
[quote][p][bold]Thurza[/bold] wrote: I think this was originally the canal bridge.[/p][/quote]absolutely, it was the canal from Taunton to Tiverton, and I was led to believe they were going to revive it as part the the 25 year project for TDBC.. Aliendaz
  • Score: 4

11:49am Wed 2 Jul 14

heather147 says...

Well, well, well. We are allegedly going to be seeing the end of the waterworks - to be replaced by work to build a new bridge in Station Road. They will do this overnight will they? Ha! More traffic chaos in Station Road ahead.
Well, well, well. We are allegedly going to be seeing the end of the waterworks - to be replaced by work to build a new bridge in Station Road. They will do this overnight will they? Ha! More traffic chaos in Station Road ahead. heather147
  • Score: -8

5:54pm Wed 2 Jul 14

somerset_kiddd says...

Aliendaz wrote:
Thurza wrote:
I think this was originally the canal bridge.
absolutely, it was the canal from Taunton to Tiverton, and I was led to believe they were going to revive it as part the the 25 year project for TDBC..
The bridge was a railway bridge when last used, forming a avoiding line round the main station for goods traffic. May be the location of a canal, but the bridge defiantly is a railway bridge.
Be nice to keep the sides of the bridge, rather look at this than some of the more modern bridges
[quote][p][bold]Aliendaz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thurza[/bold] wrote: I think this was originally the canal bridge.[/p][/quote]absolutely, it was the canal from Taunton to Tiverton, and I was led to believe they were going to revive it as part the the 25 year project for TDBC..[/p][/quote]The bridge was a railway bridge when last used, forming a avoiding line round the main station for goods traffic. May be the location of a canal, but the bridge defiantly is a railway bridge. Be nice to keep the sides of the bridge, rather look at this than some of the more modern bridges somerset_kiddd
  • Score: 2

10:03pm Wed 2 Jul 14

boliston says...

Somerset_BTGOG wrote:
I hope it’s a different company doing the bridge works and not the guys putting in kerb stones on the new large roundabout (which looks too big for Lorries to go round without using the two lanes) near the Shell garage, they will be building it for the next 50 years!
The TDBC NIDR plans show both roundabouts (staplegrove & priory) as single rather than multi lane so there is only one "lane" for lorries to use. Presumably the high kerbs are to prevent the risk of large vehicles mounting the kerb by accident.
[quote][p][bold]Somerset_BTGOG[/bold] wrote: I hope it’s a different company doing the bridge works and not the guys putting in kerb stones on the new large roundabout (which looks too big for Lorries to go round without using the two lanes) near the Shell garage, they will be building it for the next 50 years![/p][/quote]The TDBC NIDR plans show both roundabouts (staplegrove & priory) as single rather than multi lane so there is only one "lane" for lorries to use. Presumably the high kerbs are to prevent the risk of large vehicles mounting the kerb by accident. boliston
  • Score: 4

9:12am Thu 3 Jul 14

Somerset_BTGOG says...

somerset_kiddd wrote:
Aliendaz wrote:
Thurza wrote: I think this was originally the canal bridge.
absolutely, it was the canal from Taunton to Tiverton, and I was led to believe they were going to revive it as part the the 25 year project for TDBC..
The bridge was a railway bridge when last used, forming a avoiding line round the main station for goods traffic. May be the location of a canal, but the bridge defiantly is a railway bridge. Be nice to keep the sides of the bridge, rather look at this than some of the more modern bridges
Just as I thought.

Thank you.
[quote][p][bold]somerset_kiddd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Aliendaz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thurza[/bold] wrote: I think this was originally the canal bridge.[/p][/quote]absolutely, it was the canal from Taunton to Tiverton, and I was led to believe they were going to revive it as part the the 25 year project for TDBC..[/p][/quote]The bridge was a railway bridge when last used, forming a avoiding line round the main station for goods traffic. May be the location of a canal, but the bridge defiantly is a railway bridge. Be nice to keep the sides of the bridge, rather look at this than some of the more modern bridges[/p][/quote]Just as I thought. Thank you. Somerset_BTGOG
  • Score: 0

9:17am Thu 3 Jul 14

Somerset_BTGOG says...

boliston wrote:
Somerset_BTGOG wrote: I hope it’s a different company doing the bridge works and not the guys putting in kerb stones on the new large roundabout (which looks too big for Lorries to go round without using the two lanes) near the Shell garage, they will be building it for the next 50 years!
The TDBC NIDR plans show both roundabouts (staplegrove & priory) as single rather than multi lane so there is only one "lane" for lorries to use. Presumably the high kerbs are to prevent the risk of large vehicles mounting the kerb by accident.
Then the planners deserve a big well done for creating another bottle neck in the town. Why are the planners so thick, 2 into 1 rarely works especialy with the increase of traffic.

I can't imagine the retail park will be too happy once cars get fed up with waiting whilst trying to turn into it and head else where to spend their ££££s
[quote][p][bold]boliston[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Somerset_BTGOG[/bold] wrote: I hope it’s a different company doing the bridge works and not the guys putting in kerb stones on the new large roundabout (which looks too big for Lorries to go round without using the two lanes) near the Shell garage, they will be building it for the next 50 years![/p][/quote]The TDBC NIDR plans show both roundabouts (staplegrove & priory) as single rather than multi lane so there is only one "lane" for lorries to use. Presumably the high kerbs are to prevent the risk of large vehicles mounting the kerb by accident.[/p][/quote]Then the planners deserve a big well done for creating another bottle neck in the town. Why are the planners so thick, 2 into 1 rarely works especialy with the increase of traffic. I can't imagine the retail park will be too happy once cars get fed up with waiting whilst trying to turn into it and head else where to spend their ££££s Somerset_BTGOG
  • Score: -2

12:46pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Harryhourse says...

Somerset_BTGOG wrote:
somerset_kiddd wrote:
Aliendaz wrote:
Thurza wrote: I think this was originally the canal bridge.
absolutely, it was the canal from Taunton to Tiverton, and I was led to believe they were going to revive it as part the the 25 year project for TDBC..
The bridge was a railway bridge when last used, forming a avoiding line round the main station for goods traffic. May be the location of a canal, but the bridge defiantly is a railway bridge. Be nice to keep the sides of the bridge, rather look at this than some of the more modern bridges
Just as I thought.

Thank you.
This bridge was 100% origanally used as part of the old Taunton to Tiverton Canal, then was changed to railway use after the closure of the canal.
[quote][p][bold]Somerset_BTGOG[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]somerset_kiddd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Aliendaz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thurza[/bold] wrote: I think this was originally the canal bridge.[/p][/quote]absolutely, it was the canal from Taunton to Tiverton, and I was led to believe they were going to revive it as part the the 25 year project for TDBC..[/p][/quote]The bridge was a railway bridge when last used, forming a avoiding line round the main station for goods traffic. May be the location of a canal, but the bridge defiantly is a railway bridge. Be nice to keep the sides of the bridge, rather look at this than some of the more modern bridges[/p][/quote]Just as I thought. Thank you.[/p][/quote]This bridge was 100% origanally used as part of the old Taunton to Tiverton Canal, then was changed to railway use after the closure of the canal. Harryhourse
  • Score: 6

4:11pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Somerset_BTGOG says...

I'm not convinced.

Looks like a railway bridge to me.
I'm not convinced. Looks like a railway bridge to me. Somerset_BTGOG
  • Score: -4

8:37pm Thu 3 Jul 14

boliston says...

Somerset_BTGOG wrote:
boliston wrote:
Somerset_BTGOG wrote: I hope it’s a different company doing the bridge works and not the guys putting in kerb stones on the new large roundabout (which looks too big for Lorries to go round without using the two lanes) near the Shell garage, they will be building it for the next 50 years!
The TDBC NIDR plans show both roundabouts (staplegrove & priory) as single rather than multi lane so there is only one "lane" for lorries to use. Presumably the high kerbs are to prevent the risk of large vehicles mounting the kerb by accident.
Then the planners deserve a big well done for creating another bottle neck in the town. Why are the planners so thick, 2 into 1 rarely works especialy with the increase of traffic.

I can't imagine the retail park will be too happy once cars get fed up with waiting whilst trying to turn into it and head else where to spend their ££££s
What is the point in having a multi lane roundabout when only one of the spurs is multi lane road?
[quote][p][bold]Somerset_BTGOG[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]boliston[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Somerset_BTGOG[/bold] wrote: I hope it’s a different company doing the bridge works and not the guys putting in kerb stones on the new large roundabout (which looks too big for Lorries to go round without using the two lanes) near the Shell garage, they will be building it for the next 50 years![/p][/quote]The TDBC NIDR plans show both roundabouts (staplegrove & priory) as single rather than multi lane so there is only one "lane" for lorries to use. Presumably the high kerbs are to prevent the risk of large vehicles mounting the kerb by accident.[/p][/quote]Then the planners deserve a big well done for creating another bottle neck in the town. Why are the planners so thick, 2 into 1 rarely works especialy with the increase of traffic. I can't imagine the retail park will be too happy once cars get fed up with waiting whilst trying to turn into it and head else where to spend their ££££s[/p][/quote]What is the point in having a multi lane roundabout when only one of the spurs is multi lane road? boliston
  • Score: 4

8:57pm Thu 3 Jul 14

RightToAnOpinion says...

boliston wrote:
Somerset_BTGOG wrote:
boliston wrote:
Somerset_BTGOG wrote: I hope it’s a different company doing the bridge works and not the guys putting in kerb stones on the new large roundabout (which looks too big for Lorries to go round without using the two lanes) near the Shell garage, they will be building it for the next 50 years!
The TDBC NIDR plans show both roundabouts (staplegrove & priory) as single rather than multi lane so there is only one "lane" for lorries to use. Presumably the high kerbs are to prevent the risk of large vehicles mounting the kerb by accident.
Then the planners deserve a big well done for creating another bottle neck in the town. Why are the planners so thick, 2 into 1 rarely works especialy with the increase of traffic.

I can't imagine the retail park will be too happy once cars get fed up with waiting whilst trying to turn into it and head else where to spend their ££££s
What is the point in having a multi lane roundabout when only one of the spurs is multi lane road?
From my own experiences most of the drivers around the country don't know how to use a multi lane roundabout anyway so it won't make a blind bit of difference how many lanes it has, but agree with you for those of us who do.
[quote][p][bold]boliston[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Somerset_BTGOG[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]boliston[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Somerset_BTGOG[/bold] wrote: I hope it’s a different company doing the bridge works and not the guys putting in kerb stones on the new large roundabout (which looks too big for Lorries to go round without using the two lanes) near the Shell garage, they will be building it for the next 50 years![/p][/quote]The TDBC NIDR plans show both roundabouts (staplegrove & priory) as single rather than multi lane so there is only one "lane" for lorries to use. Presumably the high kerbs are to prevent the risk of large vehicles mounting the kerb by accident.[/p][/quote]Then the planners deserve a big well done for creating another bottle neck in the town. Why are the planners so thick, 2 into 1 rarely works especialy with the increase of traffic. I can't imagine the retail park will be too happy once cars get fed up with waiting whilst trying to turn into it and head else where to spend their ££££s[/p][/quote]What is the point in having a multi lane roundabout when only one of the spurs is multi lane road?[/p][/quote]From my own experiences most of the drivers around the country don't know how to use a multi lane roundabout anyway so it won't make a blind bit of difference how many lanes it has, but agree with you for those of us who do. RightToAnOpinion
  • Score: 1

9:33am Fri 4 Jul 14

Somerset_BTGOG says...

Because without multi lanes it will cause hold ups back to the wickes roundabout!

Hence another bottle neck created for the town.

Simple really!
Because without multi lanes it will cause hold ups back to the wickes roundabout! Hence another bottle neck created for the town. Simple really! Somerset_BTGOG
  • Score: 0

3:39pm Sun 6 Jul 14

Blue Owl says...

Typical, just as to what I FEAR !! More Bloody Spending of Scarce Resources in Taunton, instead of the Rest of the District, this is all we see from this Resources driven Spending in Taunton.
Have you not built enough new roads, Bridges within your Precious County Town ????? Enough is Enough !!
It would be different if this infrastructure Spending were to be financed by Growth from new Business Coming up into Taunton, as we have had in Bridgwater. Through Re-Generation.
I like most of the Residents , Businesses in Bridgwater, have seen your Agenda Developed un proportionately in recent years.
No Wonder the Leader of SCC Will not meet Me to Discuss these important matters and Others, that I have written 6 months ago, that Need Addressing.
David L Preece
2 Somerville Way
Bridgwater
Somerset
TA6 5SA
Typical, just as to what I FEAR !! More Bloody Spending of Scarce Resources in Taunton, instead of the Rest of the District, this is all we see from this Resources driven Spending in Taunton. Have you not built enough new roads, Bridges within your Precious County Town ????? Enough is Enough !! It would be different if this infrastructure Spending were to be financed by Growth from new Business Coming up into Taunton, as we have had in Bridgwater. Through Re-Generation. I like most of the Residents , Businesses in Bridgwater, have seen your Agenda Developed un proportionately in recent years. No Wonder the Leader of SCC Will not meet Me to Discuss these important matters and Others, that I have written 6 months ago, that Need Addressing. David L Preece 2 Somerville Way Bridgwater Somerset TA6 5SA Blue Owl
  • Score: -8

3:31pm Mon 7 Jul 14

topcataj says...

Blue Owl wrote:
Typical, just as to what I FEAR !! More Bloody Spending of Scarce Resources in Taunton, instead of the Rest of the District, this is all we see from this Resources driven Spending in Taunton.
Have you not built enough new roads, Bridges within your Precious County Town ????? Enough is Enough !!
It would be different if this infrastructure Spending were to be financed by Growth from new Business Coming up into Taunton, as we have had in Bridgwater. Through Re-Generation.
I like most of the Residents , Businesses in Bridgwater, have seen your Agenda Developed un proportionately in recent years.
No Wonder the Leader of SCC Will not meet Me to Discuss these important matters and Others, that I have written 6 months ago, that Need Addressing.
David L Preece
2 Somerville Way
Bridgwater
Somerset
TA6 5SA
When you say District, I'm confused about whether you mean the Taunton Deane District, or as you go on to mention Bridgwater you mean the rest of the county.

If you mean the District, Taunton accounts for somewhere in the region of 60% of the population of the Taunton Deane area, so seems reasonable to expect resources to be focussed there.
If you mean Somerset as a whole, I'm not sure you should be grumbling in Bridgwater. Lots of money spent on rebuilding schools, a new hospital about to open (I don't think it already is?) a fair chunk of Hinkley money no doubt heading it's way (though of course that will have plenty of negative effects as well). It's hardly being neglected!
[quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: Typical, just as to what I FEAR !! More Bloody Spending of Scarce Resources in Taunton, instead of the Rest of the District, this is all we see from this Resources driven Spending in Taunton. Have you not built enough new roads, Bridges within your Precious County Town ????? Enough is Enough !! It would be different if this infrastructure Spending were to be financed by Growth from new Business Coming up into Taunton, as we have had in Bridgwater. Through Re-Generation. I like most of the Residents , Businesses in Bridgwater, have seen your Agenda Developed un proportionately in recent years. No Wonder the Leader of SCC Will not meet Me to Discuss these important matters and Others, that I have written 6 months ago, that Need Addressing. David L Preece 2 Somerville Way Bridgwater Somerset TA6 5SA[/p][/quote]When you say District, I'm confused about whether you mean the Taunton Deane District, or as you go on to mention Bridgwater you mean the rest of the county. If you mean the District, Taunton accounts for somewhere in the region of 60% of the population of the Taunton Deane area, so seems reasonable to expect resources to be focussed there. If you mean Somerset as a whole, I'm not sure you should be grumbling in Bridgwater. Lots of money spent on rebuilding schools, a new hospital about to open (I don't think it already is?) a fair chunk of Hinkley money no doubt heading it's way (though of course that will have plenty of negative effects as well). It's hardly being neglected! topcataj
  • Score: 3

1:46pm Tue 8 Jul 14

swjoduk says...

Bluet*t will always moan about Bridgwater not getting anything.

The hospital is indeed open (my turn to moan now, why they did not include an A & E for a town with a population of around 40,000 and growing I do not know. My toddler had a rash Sunday and we could not take him to Bridgy Hospital as it is nurse lead in the minor injuries unit with no GPs. Had to go to Musgrove).

He forgets about Hinkley, the energy commerce associated with it including SCC looking to build an office development. He forgets about the money spent on The Bridgwater Way, the schools projects and the CLSAR which is getting closer to fruition .

He is almost as bad as those moaners on here that complain about the traffic lights in Taunton, no in fact he is worse as he scribes essays.
Bluet*t will always moan about Bridgwater not getting anything. The hospital is indeed open (my turn to moan now, why they did not include an A & E for a town with a population of around 40,000 and growing I do not know. My toddler had a rash Sunday and we could not take him to Bridgy Hospital as it is nurse lead in the minor injuries unit with no GPs. Had to go to Musgrove). He forgets about Hinkley, the energy commerce associated with it including SCC looking to build an office development. He forgets about the money spent on The Bridgwater Way, the schools projects and the CLSAR which is getting closer to fruition . He is almost as bad as those moaners on here that complain about the traffic lights in Taunton, no in fact he is worse as he scribes essays. swjoduk
  • Score: 2
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