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TemeBridge Bridge Closure from Burford side
Closing Teme Bridge was bound to be unpopular and there was never going to be a "right time" to do it. Many local businesses suggested that a weight limit would be preferable, whether based on the bridge's current strength, or alternatively a weight limit reflecting the strengthening that could be accomplished without a prolonged closure.
Rumours are circulating that because the bridge is an A-road, a weight limit cannot be introduced. In fact a Highway Authority can impose a "structural weight limit" when required, one local example being the recent 7.5 tonne restriction on Holt Fleet bridge.
The European Union has a policy of not having weight restrictions on 'principal routes' but it is open to debate if Teme Street is a 'principal route'. While it is certainly an A-road, it is already signposted as being unsuitable for HGVs, so it's hard to see how it can be a 'principal route' for trucks.
Wheeling Beer to the Vaults Diversions
Signage is now in place for miles around Tenbury, directing traffic along alternative routes. Starting on the Burford side of the bridge, the principal diversion routes offer traffic the choice of either going round to the west - via Little Hereford, Brimfield, Ashton, Kimbolton and Leysters, or to the east - via Newnham Bridge, Witley, Stanford Bridge and Rochford. These routes are all available to HGVs, but there are also local alternatives for light traffic, via Little Hereford and Berrington, or Newnham Bridge and Eastham.
One particular problem relates to the Burford area. This has 'Tenbury Wells' in its postal address so some traffic travelling from places such as Ludlow and Worcester has followed the "Tenbury Wells" diversion signs and has ended up in Teme Street, only to be confronted with a closed bridge, and with the intended destination possibly less than a mile away, but the wrong side of the river!
Parking in Burford has also turned out to be a bit tricky because demand has overwhelmed the new car park the council provided near Swan Garage. Some drivers have been parking at Penlu and some in residential parts of Burford. Others have either driven round one of the diversions or have simply shopped elsewhere and a few cars have been
A456 diversion sign on Market Street
If you live on the north side of the river, it might be worth advising any visitors to ignore the diversion signs - and if you run a business in the affected area, it might be helpful to update your website to address the issue, with clear directions and possibly a map.
parked on the main A456.
Ways of dealing with this issue are being discussed as we go to press. One suggestion is to stop people who work in Tenbury using the new car park. Another idea is a park and ride service in Burford. People could park a little further away, then catch a shuttle bus to the bridge. A site has been located that should have space for at least 50 cars, so if suitable arrangements can be made, there is hope of a speedy and positive resolution to this matter.
Stay & Play sessions only 50p per child
An exciting group for under 5s with fun craft and play sessions. Mondays (during term time), 1:30pm - 3pm at The Pump Rooms, Tenbury Wells.
Thursdays (during term time), 1:30pm - 3pm at Martley Village Hall Fridays (during term time), 10:30pm - 12 noon at Alfrick Village Hall.
Nearly New Table Top Sale of children’s, baby and maternity clothes, equipment and toys for years 0 up to 10 years
Saturday 25th February 2012 10:30am - 12 noon
Lower Broadheath Village Hall. Entrance 50p If you would like to book a table to sell your items,
please contact Sam at Teme Valley Children’s Centre on 01886 812982 Tables cost £8.50 per seller
We provide services in the Teme Valley area for families with children under 5, please look out for our monthly Newsletter or Posters or contact us for more information www.worcestershire.gov.uk/temevalley
Reg charity Nos. 216250 & SC037605
The government is considering giving County Councils authority over classifying
Parking on A456 in Burford
roads in their own area. If this change were to come into force, Worcesteshire County Council could then downgrade Teme Street to a B-road, in which case a weight limit on the bridge certainly wouldn't offend EU policy.
Excavating Pavements THE VAULTS
TEME VALLEY TIMES JAN/FEB 2012 3 MOBILE FAMILY GROCERS Lamberts
Carrying fresh fruit & veg, frozen foods, provisions, milk and home-made bread & cakes will not be affected by the closure of the Teme Bridge at Tenbury. Our two mobile shops will still be operating in your area.
Just give us a ring on
01584 810879 Our prices are competitive
and our delivery is FREE
Open all day, seven days a week,
this traditional drinking pub offers a range of beers plus ciders and Guinness. Located in the heart of the town's main street, it offers a rare insight into how pubs used to be.
Teme St, Tenbury Wells Tel 01584 819692
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