Winterbourne residents reminded of Dragon Road bridge closure for railway electrification work.(Network Rail)

Essential work to prepare Dragon Road/Down Road bridge for the arrival of a new fleet of electric trains will begin next week (Monday 29 February).

Network Rail’s orange army will be raising the sides of the bridge and installing anti-climb coping stones as part of the company’s £40bn Railway Upgrade Plan to provide a bigger, better, more reliable railway for passengers.

The improvements will provide a barrier between people who use the bridge and the new overhead electricity lines that are required to power the new fleet of longer, faster, quieter and greener electric trains to run underneath.

As the land on one side of the bridge is a ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’, the team will not be able to work from scaffolding in this area and so a temporary road closure is required to carry out the upgrade from Monday, 29 February until the end of April 2016. Throughout this time, pedestrians and cyclists will still be able to use the bridge.

Andy Haynes, Network Rail’s project director for the west of England, said: “I’d like to thank the local community in advance for their patience and understanding while we carry out this improvement work.

“The work at Dragon Road bridge is an essential part of our Railway Upgrade Plan and will pave the way for electrification and the benefits this will bring for residents. These benefits include faster trains with more seats and more legroom, and less noise and cleaner air for those living close to the railway.”

The diversion route for the temporary closure has been updated as follows: Dragon Road, B4058 High Street, B4058 Bristol Road, B4059 Yate Road, B4059 Stover Road, A432 Badminton Road, Down Road.