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First vehicles travel over Boundary Rd bridge

The first vehicles have made their way over the re-opened Boundary Road railway bridge this afternoon.

After 12 months of work to replace the bridge to allow for the electrification of the Reading to Newbury railway track, a new traffic light controlled road has been opened.

Despite the obvious benefits that the road opening will have to those travelling through Newbury, there are some who have voiced concerns about the return of noise and increased traffic on the roads such as Queen's Road.

Once demolition work has taken place at the Sterling Cables site, the bridge will be widened.

Jeanette Clifford, West Berkshire Council's Executive Member for Highways and Transport said: "It's great to see the new Boundary Road Bridge opened - and it's a welcome reminder that the benefits of electrification are coming ever closer. We're particularly pleased that because of the council's relatively small contribution of £250,000 to the project, the new bridge has two lanes, unlike the old narrow bridge it replaced which only had one. By partnering with Network Rail in this way, West Berkshire has a better bridge at a really good price - and once the work at the adjacent Sterling Cables site is finished in the next two years, it will make a real difference to traffic in the area. Congratulations are due to Network Rail for completing this very complex project on a difficult site, but even more importantly, our sincere thanks are due to local residents who have shown enormous forbearance over many months."

Robbie Burns, Network Rail's regional director of infrastructure projects, said: "The construction of this new bridge at Boundary Road, as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan, is another important step towards the new fleet of bigger, faster and greener electric trains coming to Newbury."

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