Holmsley rail bridge: Essential preliminary works and A35 lane closure

To prepare for a new bridge and road realignment at Holmsley in the New Forest later this year, major preliminary works will be carried out by Hampshire County Council from Monday, 11 January

Jan 6 2021

To facilitate these works, there will be a lane closure on the A35 during off-peak hours, from 9.30am to 4pm and temporary two-way traffic lights will be in place.

Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: “We need to prepare the site before we replace the bridge, so this work will include clearance of trees and vegetation, followed by the installation of temporary timber fencing at the boundary between the works area and New Forest land. To minimise future disruption to those travelling in the area, Openreach BT will undertake their timber pole relocation at the same time.”

As with all on-site work, the engineers undertaking the work will take appropriate Coronavirus precautions and will adhere to government guidelines on social distancing while they are on site. All highways work on Hampshire’s roads is carried out in line with the Construction Leadership Council’s Site Operation Procedures, which is based on Public Health England guidance.

Weather conditions permitting, the works should be completed by 5 February.

Up-to-date traffic and travel information can be found on Hantsweb: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/trafficandtravel