Tunbridge update – new completion date for engineering works on bridge in Garnier Road, Winchester

Hampshire County Council has confirmed a revised date of February 2024 for the completion of the £1.4 million scheme to replace the 100-year-old Tunbridge, in Garnier Road, Winchester

Sep 27 2023

The extension to the original estimated completion date of November is due to a number of unexpected issues including the discovery of more extensive deterioration to the existing structure, delays to utility works, as well as significant vandalism from an unauthorised encampment earlier in the year.

Despite the extension of the timetable, steps are being taken to ensure that:

Walkers and cyclists will still be able to pass through the site;
Car parking will remain available nearby;
Access to the Handlebar café will be available at all times.

Councillor Nick Adams-King, the County Council’s Executive Lead Member for Universal Services, said: “It is essential that Tunbridge is upgraded to ensure that it can be roadworthy for many decades to come. The existing bridge was an ageing structure, and its replacement is a complex engineering challenge, not least due to the presence of many hidden utility cables. Due to a series of unforeseen factors, including the discovery of more extensive deterioration to the structure than we first anticipated, the timetable for the completion of the project now must now be extended to February. I apologise for this unavoidable inconvenience, and I'd like to thank everyone for their understanding and patience whilst this project is completed.”

Motorists are being asked to use the signed diversion route for the duration of the engineering work.

October works information

From Monday 2 October, for two weeks, cranes will be on site to lift in the new beams for the bridge. Garnier Road car park will be closed to vehicles over this time from Monday-Friday but will open at the weekend. During the temporary car park closure, drivers can park in nearby St Catherine’s Park & Ride where a section of short stay parking spaces have been reserved for use with no charge. Pedestrian and cyclist access through the car park – and over the temporary foot bridge - will continue except for periods when heavy items are being lifted. During these times, entry points will be staffed to pause access.

Adjacent works 

Bull Drove will be resurfaced up to the Bar End roundabout from Wednesday 4 October. The works will last for three days and the road will be closed until the works are complete.

During the resurfacing works, vehicles will be able to access the East Winchester Park & Ride (St Catherine’s) from the entrance close to the Household Waste Recycling Centre. The Park & Ride buses will also use this entrance but will continue to stop at all the bus stops within St Catherine’s.

For all the works, signed diversions are in place and regular updates are available online and through social media. 

For more information visit: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/tunbridge-garnierroad