UPDATE - January 2017
Steventon Parish Council (PC), Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) and
Ed Vaizey's assistant met with Network Rail (NR) on Monday 9th
January to discuss the current position with regard to
electrification of the railway in Steventon.
Ed Vaizey has had meetings with NR, the utility companies and
Historic England. He reports:
- The bridge will be demolished
- The road will be closed for at
least 10 months;
- The utilities are happy to work together;
- Historic England are aware of the intended bridge
NR confirmed that Stocks Lane crossing will not be closed and that
they are now only pursuing bridge demolition and reconstruction.
Their baseline case is that the road will be closed for at least 10
months. However, it is hoped that cycle and pedestrian bridge
access will be provided.
NR are to apply by the end of January 2017 to Historic England, and
the Vale of White Horse District Council for approval to demolish
the Grade II listed bridge. In their submission they will have to
present a robust case including:
- Documentation that all credible options have been explored and
evaluated by due process;
- The bridge has only a finite life.
bridge survey by OCC in January 2016 showed that: "The bridge
is in fair condition with some repairs necessary". OCC
reported that the bridge can be maintained on an annual
The PC challenged the 10 month road closure and pressed for 4-6
month closure period. NR said they would try to reduce the
closure time. However, the full detail of what is actually going to
happen is still to be determined. It is likely that
the decision will be known in May 2017. This will then define
what happens next.