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Historic bridge 'never needed' controversial works


National Highways has admitted that controversial infilling works at a historic railway bridge, which then had to be removed at a total cost hundreds of thousands of pounds, might never have been needed in the first place. 

Battle over bridge infill set for Planning Inspectorate showdown


National Highways has said it is planning to appeal a local decision that could force the road operator to reverse another infill from a bridge on its Historical Railways Estate (HRE).

Locals 'delighted' with HRE's constructive approach to bridge plan


National Highways is working with local partners to facilitate and partly fund a planned active travel route in Somerset by a plan to open a route under a disused railway bridge.

'Valued landscape asset' re-emerges as infill is reversed


Campaigners have welcomed work by National Highways to restore a historic railway bridge in Cumbria that it controversially filled in with concrete two years ago.

National Highways team breathes life back into historic viaduct


National Highways’ Historical Railways Estate has returned a 16-arch viaduct in Scotland to its former glory with extensive restoration and repair work, making future use as an active travel route ‘a real possibility’.

National Highways' railway structures strategy ‘unravelling'


National Highways' strategy of using emergency powers to infill historic railway structures is ‘unravelling’, campaigners have said, after a third council told it to seek planning permission, without which it may have to remove the infill.

Council ruling 'draws line' on historic bridges debacle


National Highways has been told to reverse highly controversial works to infill a bridge in Cumbria, which it carried out under emergency powers.

Active travel reprieve for historic rail structures


The Department for Transport has published a report identifying up to 50 structures on the Historical Railways Estate as potentially suitable for cycling and walking routes.

National Highways building bridges over infill threat


Campaigners have welcomed ‘early signs’ that 2022 could see National Highways adopt ‘a more positive and collaborative approach’ to the Historical Railways Estate following an apparent reprieve for a bridge in East Sussex.

Campaigners raise alarm at work on 'paused' bridge infilling programme


Campaigners have accused National Highways of continuing work to prepare for the demolition or infilling of historic rail bridges, despite claiming the programme has been paused.

War of words and intentions over bridge works pause


A district council leader has accused National Highways of pushing ahead with plans to infill or demolish ‘much loved local landmarks’, despite the Government supposedly calling a halt to the policy.

Controversy rumbles on over Cumbria bridge


The chair of the Transport Select Committee has again written to ministers over Highways England’s management of the Historical Railway Estate, seeking details of a controversial project to infill a bridge in Cumbria.

Highways England to restore Victorian bridge


Highways England is to restore a disused railway bridge in Oxfordshire after plans to demolish it caused an outcry.

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