REMINDER: A404 closure for return of Volvo Footbridge

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As we mentioned in December, the A404 will be closed this weekend to allow the refurbished Volvo footbridge to be reinstalled, following completion of the repair works.

Given the possible temptation to use Marlow Bridge as a short cut instead of the marked diversion for vehicles over 3t, there will Bucks County Council officers on Marlow Bridge to prevent overweight vehicles from crossing. Patrols will be supported by advance warning signs and a camera van.

Details on the main closure from Highways England are below:

Statement from Highways England:

We have been working in conjunction with the various local highway authorities to establish a weekend where no other roadworks or closures are taking place to avoid any clashes along the diversion routes.  We also wanted to avoid December due to the increased traffic at weekends in the run up to Christmas.

The closure is scheduled to take place from 9pm on Friday 11 January through to 5am on Monday 14 January 2019.

During this period we will be closing the A404 north and southbound carriageways, between the junction with the A4155 just outside Marlow and the Bisham Roundabout. Parkway, which runs parallel with the A404, will remain open over the weekend period; however, we’ll need to close it for periods of up to 15 minutes on Saturday while the crane is lifting the bridge and staircases. These closures will be controlled by stop/go boards.

The following clearly signed diversions will be in place:

  • Local traffic will be diverted via Henley-on-Thames (A4130 and A4155)
  • Traffic on the M4 intending to reach the M40 (and vice-versa) will be diverted via the M4, M25 and M40

Delays are expected during this weekend closure, and we advise that you plan ahead of your journey to allow extra time or avoid this route where possible.

Once the bridge is reinstated, there will be additional work to apply an anti-slip surfacing, therefore the bridge will remain closed for an additional two weeks to pedestrians.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience or disruption caused by this closure.

Article author: Paul Merchant

About the author: Founded in its original version back in 2000 - yes the internet DID exist back then. Brought up in Marlow, went to school here, now has children at the same schools. Quite clearly loves all things Marlow - hence spending over 2 decades doing this!

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