New Forest rail bridge replacement works to be completed in time for busy summer season

A major route through the New Forest will be fully open in time for the busy tourist season

Jul 1 2022

Hampshire County Council’s £5.5 million rail bridge replacement works on the A35 at Holmsley, in the New Forest, are expected to be fully finished by Friday 8 July and the C10 Station Road under the bridge reopened. 

Councillor Edward Heron, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Lead Member for Transport and Environment Strategy, said: “It has been a highly complex project to replace this 114 year old rail bridge, situated in the heart of the New Forest National Park, and I extend my thanks to our engineering team and our contractors Knights Brown for completing this scheme before the start of the busy tourist season. I must also extend my thanks for the patience of our partners, the local residents, businesses and the travelling public who have navigated the necessary traffic management and road closures.
“The new single span concrete bridge will minimise future maintenance costs and, as part of the scheme, a 380 metre section of the A35 carriageway has been realigned and resurfaced with improved surface water drainage. This will ensure safer travel on this key route through the New Forest.”

Following the Ecologist’s advice that it was now possible to remove the birds’ nest, the contractor was able to remove the temporary platform overhanging the C10 Station Road, and the outstanding work on the west side of the bridge could be completed this week, with the re-surfacing work then able to be carried out ahead of the re-opening on 8 July.

To avoid unnecessary closures of the junction of the A35 and the C10 Station Road in the future, additional lengths of the C10 will be resurfaced during the week commencing 4 July.

The C10 Station Road closure will continue for the duration of this additional work. 

The Old Station Tea Rooms will be open for business as usual while the resurfacing work is undertaken and the existing signed diversion route for Station Road will remain in place.

There will be lane closures on the A35 during off peak times to allow removal of the “weak bridge” signs related to the old bridge. 

This work will last one day, and the exact date will be made available once is confirmed.

For the latest information visit the scheme web pages: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/holmsley-rail-bridge-replacement