Upton bridge set to reopen

Worcester News: Upton bridge set to reopen Upton bridge set to reopen

THE river bridge at Upton is to reopen at 5pm today, Worcestershire County Council has just announced.

Worcestershire Silver Tactical Coordinating group met again this morning with regard to the response to current flooding across the county.

Here is the latest advice and the most up to date position available for members of the public.

Bewdley Bridge: The situation is being assessed and barriers will hopefully be removed and the bridge reopened on Wednesday, February 19.

Upton Bridge: The water levels are still expected to rise and although it has dropped to some extent, the bridge has been closed to vehicles and pedestrians. The situation has now been assessed and we will be operating a convoy system into the town from 5pm.

Alternative access into the town is available at Tunnel Hill via Wellend Hylton Road: Severn Trent Water are working on site today and it is anticipated the road will reopen at some point on Wednesday.

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4:10pm Tue 18 Feb 14

welshpricey says...

Really?? Will it?? Or is this just the same debacle as yesterday again when it was open / shut / open / shut.

Just keep it closed until the puddle has gone and everyone will know where they stand then!!!!!
Really?? Will it?? Or is this just the same debacle as yesterday again when it was open / shut / open / shut. Just keep it closed until the puddle has gone and everyone will know where they stand then!!!!! welshpricey

4:57pm Tue 18 Feb 14

uptonX says...

Exactly. There have been a lot of "fluorescent jackets" around Upton in the last few weeks, most have done a pretty good job - but the one organisation that ALWAYS seem to do the wrong thing and just seem to like throwing their weight around and make a bad situation worse is Worcestershire Highways. There are no signs when they are needed but loads when there aren't - for example how about a sign at the Ketch saying Upton bridge shut ? or where are all those expensive LED signs which would be prefect for events like this ? Even on the approaches to Upton there are no signs until you can see the water. Yes the water, it is about 3 inches deep on the road, has been pretty much the same since this time yesterday when the military quite sensible started allowing capable vehicles through, But oh no, Highways couldn't allow that, someone making the right decision about "their" road so they got the police to close it again last night just in time for the rush hour. The difference is very noticeable in Tewkesbury as Gloucestershire Highways work FOR the public good and in the areas there that flood (around Morrisons) they have pumps and cleaners on standby to get the road open as soon as possible, People have moaned about the EA but overall they do a pretty good job - it's Worcestershire Highways who are the real villains in all this, about time their gross incompetence was brought to account.
Exactly. There have been a lot of "fluorescent jackets" around Upton in the last few weeks, most have done a pretty good job - but the one organisation that ALWAYS seem to do the wrong thing and just seem to like throwing their weight around and make a bad situation worse is Worcestershire Highways. There are no signs when they are needed but loads when there aren't - for example how about a sign at the Ketch saying Upton bridge shut ? or where are all those expensive LED signs which would be prefect for events like this ? Even on the approaches to Upton there are no signs until you can see the water. Yes the water, it is about 3 inches deep on the road, has been pretty much the same since this time yesterday when the military quite sensible started allowing capable vehicles through, But oh no, Highways couldn't allow that, someone making the right decision about "their" road so they got the police to close it again last night just in time for the rush hour. The difference is very noticeable in Tewkesbury as Gloucestershire Highways work FOR the public good and in the areas there that flood (around Morrisons) they have pumps and cleaners on standby to get the road open as soon as possible, People have moaned about the EA but overall they do a pretty good job - it's Worcestershire Highways who are the real villains in all this, about time their gross incompetence was brought to account. uptonX

7:49pm Tue 18 Feb 14

AlexHanley says...

Exactly as UptonX says, just wish they would go away. Over half an hour delay tonight, they sit there watching the caos they cause with smug grins on their faces, the only words they ever say are "health and safety" yet the delays and problems they cause do nothing for the health and safety of road users. The contrast "over the border" in Gloucestershire is really noticable,
When the Hanley Road was dry in January they didn't remove the barriers until many hours after they were told to by the Police.
And yes where are all those expensive signs - isn't this exactly the sort of thing they were designed for.
Exactly as UptonX says, just wish they would go away. Over half an hour delay tonight, they sit there watching the caos they cause with smug grins on their faces, the only words they ever say are "health and safety" yet the delays and problems they cause do nothing for the health and safety of road users. The contrast "over the border" in Gloucestershire is really noticable, When the Hanley Road was dry in January they didn't remove the barriers until many hours after they were told to by the Police. And yes where are all those expensive signs - isn't this exactly the sort of thing they were designed for. AlexHanley

9:49pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Redhillman says...

The highways department have been absolutely useless during the floods, in Worcester at least. When Worcester bridge was first closed there were no signs around the outskirts of the city or beyond to say it was closed, so traffic kept coming in to the city centre and the first anyone knew of the bridge being closed was when they approaching it. And their managememt of matters didn't improve as the says went on. Compare this to Herefordshire, where their highways department have excelled and judging by the comments about Gloucestershire, it is clear that Worcestershire's highways engineers remain incompetent and ineffective as ever, no matter what they get involved in. I went to the bridge last week and all the highways people there were doing were having a laugh, chatting on their mobile phones or scratching their backsides. They were franky useless.

All the other agencies in Worcester have been superb, while it was more telling that the EA were giving all the updates about highways! The council's communication has been shocking while all the time we saw a council person on TV, we heard noise, but no words of any importance.

Worcestershire's highways department fail, yet again!
The highways department have been absolutely useless during the floods, in Worcester at least. When Worcester bridge was first closed there were no signs around the outskirts of the city or beyond to say it was closed, so traffic kept coming in to the city centre and the first anyone knew of the bridge being closed was when they approaching it. And their managememt of matters didn't improve as the says went on. Compare this to Herefordshire, where their highways department have excelled and judging by the comments about Gloucestershire, it is clear that Worcestershire's highways engineers remain incompetent and ineffective as ever, no matter what they get involved in. I went to the bridge last week and all the highways people there were doing were having a laugh, chatting on their mobile phones or scratching their backsides. They were franky useless. All the other agencies in Worcester have been superb, while it was more telling that the EA were giving all the updates about highways! The council's communication has been shocking while all the time we saw a council person on TV, we heard noise, but no words of any importance. Worcestershire's highways department fail, yet again! Redhillman

6:50pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Sulis76 says...

I can't disagree with the other comments criticising the highways department. Of all the agencies and services involved with the floods, they are the only ones I'd class as poor performing and by a country mile too. They really have been atrocious, especially regarding communication and keeping people informed. The way this council department is staffed, managed and run requires a massive overhaul and the sooner the better too.
I can't disagree with the other comments criticising the highways department. Of all the agencies and services involved with the floods, they are the only ones I'd class as poor performing and by a country mile too. They really have been atrocious, especially regarding communication and keeping people informed. The way this council department is staffed, managed and run requires a massive overhaul and the sooner the better too. Sulis76

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