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Barnt Green bridge to reopen . . . at last

Posted on September 01 2015 at 11:40:20

A main road route into Barnt Green was due to be reopened as The Village went to press.

Hewell Lane has been closed since early January while work was carried out by Network Rail on the bridge as part of the electrification of the line below.

It had been due to reopen in April, but work dragged on for another five months, leaving villagers having to take a long detour.

Meanwhile, a public footpath from Cofton Church Lane to Bittell Farm Road, Barnt Green, remains closed because of fears of “misuse” of the pedestrian rail crossing behind Cofton Hall.

A Network Rail spokesman said “options appraisal” was taking place over this crossing and the one beside Blackwell Golf Club, which remains open.

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