Rail users celebrate as Benfleet Bridge reopened

Benfleet Train Station

Benfleet Train Station

First published in News

RAIL users and residents spoke of their delight as work to reopen Benfleet railway bridge finished on time today.

Trains on the c2c line are now fully operational running through Benfleet station in Ferry Road, as contractors completed work to tear down the 100-year-old bridge and install a new one last week.

Engineers worked tirelessly from Christmas Day to ensure the track was reopened ahead of New Years Eve.

Commuters are being urged to take care, however, as a temporary surface is still in place on the platforms while the remaining improvements inside the station are finished.

Passengers have praised the company for their swift work after fears the project would not be completed in time for residents returning to work this week.

Phil Hubbard ‏tweeted: "@c2c_rail top work on getting #BenfleetBridge completed on time. #apromisekept I popped down yesterday to take a few pics."

Ferry Road has also been partially reopened to traffic with one lane opened and temporary traffic lights in place.

 

How has the bridge closure affected you? Contact reporter Jacqueline McMillan on 01268 469435 to share your views.

 

 

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9:26am Mon 31 Dec 12

Carnabackable says...

That's fantastic news, well done to all the grafters, who made it possible.
That's fantastic news, well done to all the grafters, who made it possible. Carnabackable
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10:44am Mon 31 Dec 12

caroljb says...

I agree! I live near the station, and these guys were working from 630am on Boxing day, all day and night. Now lets hope all lanes under the bridge reopen asap.
I agree! I live near the station, and these guys were working from 630am on Boxing day, all day and night. Now lets hope all lanes under the bridge reopen asap. caroljb
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10:55am Mon 31 Dec 12

upset says...

The bridge re placers worked all Christmas (well done) and the Echo cant send a photographer to snap the bridge just use stock photo.
The bridge re placers worked all Christmas (well done) and the Echo cant send a photographer to snap the bridge just use stock photo. upset
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2:16pm Mon 31 Dec 12

soul man says...

a big thankyou to all the guys who lost xmas during the work, guess your xmas is tonight with new yr, all rolled into one, you deserve it guys
a big thankyou to all the guys who lost xmas during the work, guess your xmas is tonight with new yr, all rolled into one, you deserve it guys soul man
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3:39pm Mon 31 Dec 12

EssexPerson says...

Well done, I had my doubts with the tight timetable but I was wrong. Proof yet again that when contracts are taken out of government (any of the parties) hands it can be done on time and budget.
Well done, I had my doubts with the tight timetable but I was wrong. Proof yet again that when contracts are taken out of government (any of the parties) hands it can be done on time and budget. EssexPerson
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3:55pm Mon 31 Dec 12

John T Pharro says...

EssexPerson wrote:
Well done, I had my doubts with the tight timetable but I was wrong. Proof yet again that when contracts are taken out of government (any of the parties) hands it can be done on time and budget.
Have to admit I had my doubts as well. Glad I was proved wrong.
[quote][p][bold]EssexPerson[/bold] wrote: Well done, I had my doubts with the tight timetable but I was wrong. Proof yet again that when contracts are taken out of government (any of the parties) hands it can be done on time and budget.[/p][/quote]Have to admit I had my doubts as well. Glad I was proved wrong. John T Pharro
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5:12pm Mon 31 Dec 12

Carnabackable says...

John T Pharro wrote:
EssexPerson wrote:
Well done, I had my doubts with the tight timetable but I was wrong. Proof yet again that when contracts are taken out of government (any of the parties) hands it can be done on time and budget.
Have to admit I had my doubts as well. Glad I was proved wrong.
I'm afraid to say your proved wrong, time and again....
[quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EssexPerson[/bold] wrote: Well done, I had my doubts with the tight timetable but I was wrong. Proof yet again that when contracts are taken out of government (any of the parties) hands it can be done on time and budget.[/p][/quote]Have to admit I had my doubts as well. Glad I was proved wrong.[/p][/quote]I'm afraid to say your proved wrong, time and again.... Carnabackable
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5:16pm Mon 31 Dec 12

John T Pharro says...

Carnabackable wrote:
John T Pharro wrote:
EssexPerson wrote:
Well done, I had my doubts with the tight timetable but I was wrong. Proof yet again that when contracts are taken out of government (any of the parties) hands it can be done on time and budget.
Have to admit I had my doubts as well. Glad I was proved wrong.
I'm afraid to say your proved wrong, time and again....
Such as what? As other posters have noticed you have problems. Not least being unable to finish a sentence......
[quote][p][bold]Carnabackable[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EssexPerson[/bold] wrote: Well done, I had my doubts with the tight timetable but I was wrong. Proof yet again that when contracts are taken out of government (any of the parties) hands it can be done on time and budget.[/p][/quote]Have to admit I had my doubts as well. Glad I was proved wrong.[/p][/quote]I'm afraid to say your proved wrong, time and again....[/p][/quote]Such as what? As other posters have noticed you have problems. Not least being unable to finish a sentence...... John T Pharro
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5:24pm Mon 31 Dec 12

John T Pharro says...

John T Pharro wrote:
Carnabackable wrote:
John T Pharro wrote:
EssexPerson wrote:
Well done, I had my doubts with the tight timetable but I was wrong. Proof yet again that when contracts are taken out of government (any of the parties) hands it can be done on time and budget.
Have to admit I had my doubts as well. Glad I was proved wrong.
I'm afraid to say your proved wrong, time and again....
Such as what? As other posters have noticed you have problems. Not least being unable to finish a sentence......
Oh and just look at your last post on the bridge flooded article. You thought it wouldn't be finished until by the 2nd January and positively were gloating about it as it would inconvenience your pet hate everyone that lives on Canvey.
[quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Carnabackable[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EssexPerson[/bold] wrote: Well done, I had my doubts with the tight timetable but I was wrong. Proof yet again that when contracts are taken out of government (any of the parties) hands it can be done on time and budget.[/p][/quote]Have to admit I had my doubts as well. Glad I was proved wrong.[/p][/quote]I'm afraid to say your proved wrong, time and again....[/p][/quote]Such as what? As other posters have noticed you have problems. Not least being unable to finish a sentence......[/p][/quote]Oh and just look at your last post on the bridge flooded article. You thought it wouldn't be finished until by the 2nd January and positively were gloating about it as it would inconvenience your pet hate everyone that lives on Canvey. John T Pharro
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6:12pm Mon 31 Dec 12

bob7 says...

Very well done to the workers.
I don't use the trains but I can imagine it has been difficult for local commuters. Glad for them that they can use the trains again. Happy New Year.
Very well done to the workers. I don't use the trains but I can imagine it has been difficult for local commuters. Glad for them that they can use the trains again. Happy New Year. bob7
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12:00am Tue 1 Jan 13

whataday says...

Maybe they could use this firm and their project managers to sort out the A13/A130 debacle at Sadlers Farm

Nice to hear a positive story
Maybe they could use this firm and their project managers to sort out the A13/A130 debacle at Sadlers Farm Nice to hear a positive story whataday
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10:39am Tue 1 Jan 13

upset says...

John T Pharro wrote:
John T Pharro wrote:
Carnabackable wrote:
John T Pharro wrote:
EssexPerson wrote:
Well done, I had my doubts with the tight timetable but I was wrong. Proof yet again that when contracts are taken out of government (any of the parties) hands it can be done on time and budget.
Have to admit I had my doubts as well. Glad I was proved wrong.
I'm afraid to say your proved wrong, time and again....
Such as what? As other posters have noticed you have problems. Not least being unable to finish a sentence......
Oh and just look at your last post on the bridge flooded article. You thought it wouldn't be finished until by the 2nd January and positively were gloating about it as it would inconvenience your pet hate everyone that lives on Canvey.
Come on children play nicely it's a new year a new start no more personal comments about each other and or people in the story.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
[quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Carnabackable[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EssexPerson[/bold] wrote: Well done, I had my doubts with the tight timetable but I was wrong. Proof yet again that when contracts are taken out of government (any of the parties) hands it can be done on time and budget.[/p][/quote]Have to admit I had my doubts as well. Glad I was proved wrong.[/p][/quote]I'm afraid to say your proved wrong, time and again....[/p][/quote]Such as what? As other posters have noticed you have problems. Not least being unable to finish a sentence......[/p][/quote]Oh and just look at your last post on the bridge flooded article. You thought it wouldn't be finished until by the 2nd January and positively were gloating about it as it would inconvenience your pet hate everyone that lives on Canvey.[/p][/quote]Come on children play nicely it's a new year a new start no more personal comments about each other and or people in the story. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! upset
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11:31am Tue 1 Jan 13

Carnabackable says...

Happy New Year
Happy New Year Carnabackable
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1:55pm Tue 1 Jan 13

pjhobday says...

I was sceptical the rail repairs would be done after the road ended up being closed earlier than planned due to the flooding but they got the job done. Still a question over when the road will be opened fully. It's going to be chaos tomorrow morning if it's still one lane as most people will be heading back to work. I'm lucky enough to be able to walk to the station from where I live but anyone trying to drive to Southend by the usual route had best leave early. Anyone know what the timetable is for fully opening Ferry Road?
I was sceptical the rail repairs would be done after the road ended up being closed earlier than planned due to the flooding but they got the job done. Still a question over when the road will be opened fully. It's going to be chaos tomorrow morning if it's still one lane as most people will be heading back to work. I'm lucky enough to be able to walk to the station from where I live but anyone trying to drive to Southend by the usual route had best leave early. Anyone know what the timetable is for fully opening Ferry Road? pjhobday
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2:00pm Tue 1 Jan 13

Carnabackable says...

Oh, so ITS NOT FULLY OPEN, ummmmm, glad to be living in Rayleigh, as this fiasco could drag on for weeks.
Oh, so ITS NOT FULLY OPEN, ummmmm, glad to be living in Rayleigh, as this fiasco could drag on for weeks. Carnabackable
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2:02pm Tue 1 Jan 13

pjhobday says...

Not related to the article but why does anyone respond to the generally inflammatory posts by carnabackable? Internet trolls only thrive by being fed. People like that are best ignored.
Not related to the article but why does anyone respond to the generally inflammatory posts by carnabackable? Internet trolls only thrive by being fed. People like that are best ignored. pjhobday
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2:55pm Tue 1 Jan 13

Carnabackable says...

First we are told it's open, now only partially open, which means partially closed...
First we are told it's open, now only partially open, which means partially closed... Carnabackable
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3:17pm Tue 1 Jan 13

upset says...

pjhobday wrote:
Not related to the article but why does anyone respond to the generally inflammatory posts by carnabackable? Internet trolls only thrive by being fed. People like that are best ignored.
53 minutes later and it's back!!
[quote][p][bold]pjhobday[/bold] wrote: Not related to the article but why does anyone respond to the generally inflammatory posts by carnabackable? Internet trolls only thrive by being fed. People like that are best ignored.[/p][/quote]53 minutes later and it's back!! upset
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9:23am Wed 2 Jan 13

AndyBSG says...

Carnabackable wrote:
That's fantastic news, well done to all the grafters, who made it possible.
I have to say that I doubted it would be done on time but C2C/National Rail have done a very good job.

The few times I went near the station over the shutdown period it was a hive of activity... If only the same could have been said of the Saddlers Farm fiasco! Maybe the council should contact National Rail and find out who the contractors were for this job and use them in future instead of the loafers who were behind the Saddlers Farm debacle because they've shown how an engineering job should be done.
[quote][p][bold]Carnabackable[/bold] wrote: That's fantastic news, well done to all the grafters, who made it possible.[/p][/quote]I have to say that I doubted it would be done on time but C2C/National Rail have done a very good job. The few times I went near the station over the shutdown period it was a hive of activity... If only the same could have been said of the Saddlers Farm fiasco! Maybe the council should contact National Rail and find out who the contractors were for this job and use them in future instead of the loafers who were behind the Saddlers Farm debacle because they've shown how an engineering job should be done. AndyBSG
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12:33pm Wed 2 Jan 13

anddav87 says...

A success the bridge works may have been, but I notice there are no mention of the complaints made by residents living close to the station in regards to heavy machinery work, that Network Rail, c2c and Castle Point Council still haven't responded to.

Try having hammering, drilling, sawing and god knows what else for 24 hours a day starting Midnight on Christmas Eve then tell me Network Rail/c2c have made a success of the Bridge Works.

It totally ruined Christmas for my family and many others.
A success the bridge works may have been, but I notice there are no mention of the complaints made by residents living close to the station in regards to heavy machinery work, that Network Rail, c2c and Castle Point Council still haven't responded to. Try having hammering, drilling, sawing and god knows what else for 24 hours a day starting Midnight on Christmas Eve then tell me Network Rail/c2c have made a success of the Bridge Works. It totally ruined Christmas for my family and many others. anddav87
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3:46pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Carnabackable says...

Im afraid I have little sympathy, the railway has been there for over one hundred years, you knew the railway was there when you moved there, trains a hooting, bridge repair work a clanking.

When you ask for a response, what could they say to appease your upset ?
"Sorry" or "it had to be done or we didn't
realise it would annoy you"................
.....
Im afraid I have little sympathy, the railway has been there for over one hundred years, you knew the railway was there when you moved there, trains a hooting, bridge repair work a clanking. When you ask for a response, what could they say to appease your upset ? "Sorry" or "it had to be done or we didn't realise it would annoy you"................ ..... Carnabackable
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5:21pm Wed 2 Jan 13

MrFrogFace says...

I bet rail users are not celebrating the 4% price hike this morning
I bet rail users are not celebrating the 4% price hike this morning MrFrogFace
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11:11pm Wed 2 Jan 13

streetboy75 says...

anddav87 wrote:
A success the bridge works may have been, but I notice there are no mention of the complaints made by residents living close to the station in regards to heavy machinery work, that Network Rail, c2c and Castle Point Council still haven't responded to.

Try having hammering, drilling, sawing and god knows what else for 24 hours a day starting Midnight on Christmas Eve then tell me Network Rail/c2c have made a success of the Bridge Works.

It totally ruined Christmas for my family and many others.
get over it, would you rather the bridge collapsed one day due to the age and state of it, may be one of your family would of been driving or walking under it when a train went over and it collapsed, you would be moaning then the company had not done somthing earlier about it.
[quote][p][bold]anddav87[/bold] wrote: A success the bridge works may have been, but I notice there are no mention of the complaints made by residents living close to the station in regards to heavy machinery work, that Network Rail, c2c and Castle Point Council still haven't responded to. Try having hammering, drilling, sawing and god knows what else for 24 hours a day starting Midnight on Christmas Eve then tell me Network Rail/c2c have made a success of the Bridge Works. It totally ruined Christmas for my family and many others.[/p][/quote]get over it, would you rather the bridge collapsed one day due to the age and state of it, may be one of your family would of been driving or walking under it when a train went over and it collapsed, you would be moaning then the company had not done somthing earlier about it. streetboy75
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1:03pm Thu 3 Jan 13

John T Pharro says...

As there is still flooding under the bridge and contra flow traffic that stretches to Waterside Farm and up Essex Way, not exactly finished is it?
As there is still flooding under the bridge and contra flow traffic that stretches to Waterside Farm and up Essex Way, not exactly finished is it? John T Pharro
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