10 June 2019: Abbotsford Bridge – progress update

Since the closure of Abbotsford Bridge on 13 May, a site compound has been established and a temporary footway and lighting installed to provide a pedestrian route during the construction period. This is now in public use.

A temporary bridge is in the process of being installed to support utility supplies that require diverting temporarily. In the coming days electrical diversions are set to begin.

River diversion works are also in progress.

To support local people and businesses, additional signage has been placed on the local road network.

We will continue to post updates on this webpage as the scheme progresses.

Changes to the 7A bus service

Changes to the bus service from 22nd June

Passengers use of the service has been reviewed over the past few weeks, it has become apparent that the last journeys of the day Monday to Friday on the 7A (the 1819 7A journey and the 1835 7A journey) are not being utilised and as a result, ECC have made the decision for the duration of the bridge closure to withdraw these journeys. Likewise, on Saturdays the 7A is not being used, so all 7A journeys on a Saturday will also be withdrawn.

The changes will come into effect from Saturday 22nd June. A new timetable can be viewed below.  

7/7a bus timetable

New Housing Development in Elsenham




In responding to them, it is not necessary to go into details as to the reasons – that can be reserved for the response to UDC when the planning application is lodged.

As part of the application, the developers will prepare a statement to show how they have involved the community. They will state how many people responded to their consultation. The smaller the number, the better it looks for them.

Wallace Land Investments is preparing a planning application for a new residential development of approximately 104 homes on land west of Elsenham. The new dwellings will be developed across two sites:
* Land off Isabel Drive
* Land off Stansted Road

Hall Road Closure Update

Update on closure of Hall Road for up to 6 Months

Hall Road bridge is falling down

Abbotsford Bridge is on Hall Road, about a quarter of a mile down from The Crown. Amazingly the original structure is 140 years old, and consists of a cast iron deck supported on cast iron girders.

Structural engineers from ECC have visited it and determined it is at the end of its life and a new bridge is needed. The 3-day closure in March was preparatory work to clear vegetation.

May to November for new bridge

ECC say the main works are to commence on 10th May and expect to take about six months to complete (maybe it will only be 4 months, but until they lift the old bridge it is difficult to tell, and they say poor weather may delay them). That means they are being cautious with their estimates. As part of the work they will temporarily relocate the pedestrian footbridge, the water course and utilities.

Hall Road will be CLOSED

During this time ECC say that unfortunately a full closure of the road will be necessary. They say that they will put up official diversion signs.

ECC has put up a webpage to provide details and updates. The link is:  https://www.essexhighways.org/highway-schemes-and-developments/highway-schemes/abbotsford-bridge-hall-road-elsenham.aspx

You should be able to find the link through  https://essex.gov.uk  and then enter Abbotsford Bridge in the ‘I’m looking for’ box.  It should then be the first on the list.

Road Closure

Grove Hill will be closed from the 1st April to 3rd May.

Please consult the below website for up to date information and diversions

this will affect the bus time tables, drivers are handing out new timetables.  Alternatively please download it here

For all up to date information please visit their website: https://trustybus.net/timetables/

Elsenham Parish Council have not received one yet that we our selves can distribute.