The road bridge over the River Ray in North Swindon has been rebuilt and reopened giving access to Swindon & Cricklade Railway’s station at Blunsdon halt from Tadpole Lane.
However the through road to Crosslanes and Purton will remain closed until January because the listed Victorian bridge over the railway line is being strengthened and the approaches on both sides are being completely rebuilt.
The railway will be serving Christmas lunch on Sunday 25 November in the Moonraker dining car and Santa Specials will run every Saturday and Sunday during December. See event timings at www.swindon-cricklade-railway.org
Tank traps to be interpreted
During the rebuilding of the river bridge contractors had to move some of the World War II concrete tank traps installed in 1940 as part of the nation’s defences in case of a successful German invasion and advance deep into England.
Three were destroyed during the building works due to their fragile state. Wiltshire councillor Jacqui Lay said she had met Purton Parish Council and Purton Historical Society to discuss having an information board erected explaining their original purpose.
Pictured: Two of the concrete obstructions next to the new bridge. Photo: Jacqui Lay