Govia Propose Total Bridge Closure Dates – Unacceptable!

Govia Thameslink have emailed councillors advising periods over which they want to completely close Mill Road bridge including to pedestrians.

Govia had previously told residents that the bridge would be totally closed for about a week, with the possible need for the odd day of further closure.  They are now proposing a total of 14 days of total closure over the 8 week period.

Govia sent their email on Tuesday this week (25th June), with the first total closure proposed starting 5th July, little more than a week later.  There was no consultation with the community prior to the email being sent.

The total closure dates that Govia have proposed are:

  • Friday 5 July until Monday 8 July – from 8.45am until 8.45pm each day
  • Thursday 11 July until Saturday 13 July – from 8.45am until 8.45pm each day
  • Sunday 28 July until Wednesday 31 July – from 8.45am until 8.45pm each day
  • Saturday 3 August until Monday 5 August – from 8.45am until 8.45pm each day

We are acutely aware of the impact this would have on residents and traders on both sides of the bridge, and councillors are demanding that Govia think again.

Romsey City Councillor Dave Baigent was talking about this on Radio Cambridgeshire on Wednesday – segment starts at 1:05:50:

After this spirited radio broadcast and a number of social media posts which drew considerable support, Dave tells us he is hoping that Govia will think again…

We have been told that there’s a rumour circulating that Govia were going to remove all pedestrian access for the entire period  of the closure.  As far as we’re aware this is untrue.

Bridge Closure – Update #2

Here’s the second of a series of information posts about the Mill Road Bridge closure this summer.  We’re using these to give Romsey & Petersfield residents and traders as much detail as we can about the closure arrangements.

Please use the comments box below if you have concerns or questions. We’ll respond to those as quickly as we can.

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Bridge Closure Dates

Mill Road Bridge closes to all motor vehicles from Monday 1st July 2019, and Govia Thameslink estimate that the work will be complete by Monday 26th August 2019.

We’ll pass on any changes to the projected end date as soon as we hear about them.

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Bus Services

Here’s a map showing the diverted Citi 2 service (yellow), and the shuttle services 2A (blue) and 2B (green).

More detail on the changes to the Citi 2 service including timetables is available here:

Cambridge Dial-A-Ride will provide a door to door service for residents who will find the revised service physically difficult to use.  This service will run for the entire period of the closure.

If this would be useful for you, then please apply for Dial-A-Ride membership now.  Call 01223 506335 or write to

Cambridge Dial-a-Ride
Unit B, Rene Court
1 Coldhams Road

Govia Thameslink have agreed to fund the costs of this service.

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Gas Utility Works

Triio will be replacing the gas main which runs the length of Mill Road during the closure period.  For further details see our previous post:

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Financial Impacts on Traders

We understand that Govia Thameslink (GTR) are working with the Mill Road Traders’ Association regarding the potential for financial impact of the Bridge Closure on traders.  If you have concerns about this then please contact the Traders’ Association direct.

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Art Panels

Govia Thameslink will be providing two new art panels on the bridge, and are running a competition amongst local schools to choose a design for each.

The existing art on the bridge will remain as-is after GTR’s work has been completed.

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