Haverfordwest residents are invited to a ‘drop-in’ event to find out more about the upcoming replacement of Milford Road railway bridge, which will be delivered in February 2019.

Between Friday 15 and Monday 18 February, Network Rail engineers will demolish the existing railway bridge deck – which carries the South Wales Main Line – and install a new, more resilient structure as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan to improve the reliability of the railway.

For Network Rail teams to safely deliver the work, the A4076 at Milford Road railway bridge on Dredgeman Hill will be closed to traffic, with the exception of residents within the road closure and emergency services, from 7pm on Friday 15 February until 6am on Monday 18 February. A signposted diversion route will be in place, with a shuttle bus service in operation for pedestrians and cyclists needing to pass under Milford Road railway bridge during the closure.

Buses will replace trains between Whitland and Milford Haven on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 February, and timetables will be amended so rail passengers are urged to check before travelling at nationalrail.co.uk.

A ‘drop-in’ event for residents and local businesses will take place on Thursday, 7 February 3pm to 6pm at the Merlins Bridge Welfare Hall, Pembroke Road, SA61 1JW. No appointment is necessary and representatives from Network Rail’s project team will be on hand to provide information and answer any questions.

Rhys Howells, scheme project manager for Network Rail in Wales and Borders, said: “We understand that closing the roads for any length of time is inconvenient and we thank the local community, road users and rail passengers for bearing with us whilst we complete the essential replacement of Milford Road railway bridge.

“We have been working closely with our partners to minimise disruption, and to develop the diversionary routes. I would encourage anyone wishing to find out more about these essential works to attend the drop-in session, where we will be happy to answer any questions.”

For teams to complete preparatory and finishing works safely and effectively, there will be single lane traffic management system in place overnight at the bridge on Dredgeman Hill on the A4076, intermittently up until Sunday 3 March.

The work forms part of the £4.25m upgrade project to improve the reliability of the railway in West Wales, which saw the successful replacement of Pembroke Road railway bridge earlier this month. For more information visit www.networkrail.co.uk/merlins-bridge