The recent report by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) into delays of delivering projects by Network Rail and complaints from constituents has prompted Slough MP Fiona Mactaggart to write to Network Rail boss Mark Carne, demanding answers.
Stoke Poges Lane Bridge has been closed to traffic since November 2014. This work – made necessary by Crossrail - was due to be completed in April 2015. Network Rail, who is delivering the project, did not meet that date and it is not known when the bridge will be open again.
Fiona said, “This extended closure has caused problems to residents travelling to work, to children going to school and to businesses whose trade has been affected. Slough’s traffic is made worse by the closure of a significant north-south route through the town. The length of closure is unacceptable. A recent Office of Rail and Road report into Network Rail shows how common delay and missed targets are on this sort of project. The bridge is just the latest example of delay. I have asked Network Rail’s boss to tell us why it’s taken so long, what he is doing to speed up the work and to demand that people in Slough are told when the bridge will reopen.”