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Sutton Bridge A17 works: Bus company to look at how to minimise delays to passengers ahead of major Cross Keys Bridge project




Management at a bus company say they will be taking action to minimise delays to passengers ahead of major work to the Cross Keys Bridge at Sutton Bridge at the end of this month.

It is believed work will start on resurfacing the swing bridge on the A17 in the final week of September.

The route that crosses the bridge is the only direct link between Lincolnshire and Norfolk.

Stagecoach's 505 bus from Spalding to King's Lynn pictured on Thursday in queues during resurfacing trial work to the Cross Keys Bridge.
Stagecoach's 505 bus from Spalding to King's Lynn pictured on Thursday in queues during resurfacing trial work to the Cross Keys Bridge.

A spokesperson for Stagecoach Buses, which faced delays of around 30 minutes on its 505 service during the first day of a two day trial on Wednesday and Thursday last week, said: “The roadworks on Cross Keys Bridge last week were a trial run.

"Between now and then we will be looking at options for minimising delays for our passengers, and we will publish a temporary timetable as soon as possible.”

The official start date for the £100,000 main works are currently scheduled to begin on Monday, September 30.

The Cross Keys Bridge on the A17 at Sutton Bridge was reduced to a single lane during trial works last Wednesday and Thursday.
The Cross Keys Bridge on the A17 at Sutton Bridge was reduced to a single lane during trial works last Wednesday and Thursday.

It is planned that the bridge will remain open during the work, with traffic reduced to a single lane as per the trial.

But motorists will be encouraged to use the A47 and A1101 wherever possible, in a bid to reduce congestion at the bridge.

The work could take up to six weeks to be completed.The county council says that the bridge was last surfaced ten years ago and has suffered much wear and tear, with it being vital it is repaired.



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