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New Portsmouth bridge given green light

Major improvements to a major traffic bottleneck in Portsmouth will go ahead thanks to a new £11M grant approved by transport minister Norman Baker today.

The Department for Transport has given final approval for Portsmouth’s Northern Road Bridge which will see a new replacement bridge over the Portsmouth to London railway line at Cosham.

The original bridge was built to carry a dual carriageway road but is now too weak to do so and traffic has been restricted to a single lane in each direction for a number of years.

The new bridge will allow the dual carriageway to be reinstated as well as removing any weight limit, bringing the bridge up to current national standards.

Total cost for the bridge is £12.6M and it is due to open in October 2013.

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