Urgent talks as high winds disrupt £27m White Rose Way works

Work on the south pier that the bridge on White Rose Way will sit on. The new bridge should be open towards the end of 2012.

Work on the south pier that the bridge on White Rose Way will sit on. The new bridge should be open towards the end of 2012.

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PLANNERS are desperately trying to reschedule vital building work needed to widen Doncaster’s White Rose Way after high winds brought progress on a bridge to a halt.

Network Rail gave contractors 48 hours to finish the work on the A6182 across the East Coast Main Line in Doncaster between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day as there would be no trains on the railway lines.

But high winds meant just one of the six steel beams was put in place.

Doncaster Council is now in talks with Network Rail and other bodies to arrange a new date for the work.

Gill Gillies, Doncaster Council’s assistant director of environment, said: “Given the scale and complexity of the operation, the programme of works was greatly disrupted by consistently high wind speeds which aren’t always noticeable at ground level.

“Years of planning have gone into building up to this critical milestone so this is a major setback. Unfortunately, we can’t control the British weather.

“Negotiations have started with Network Rail and other parties to find new dates for the bridge lifts. We are hopeful that the lessons learnt over the weekend will enable us to consider shorter rail track possession periods which potentially allow Network Rail to look at dates early in the New Year.

One of Europe’s largest cranes weighing 1,200 tonnes was drafted in to lift the beams into place.

The work is part of a £27 million scheme to create a dual carriageway from junction four of the M18 into Doncaster town centre. It is hoped the scheme will ease congestion and create thousands of jobs.

The council is still working towards the completion of phase one works in November 2012.