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21 August 2013

Advance warning of road closure (Upper Maudlin Street)

This weekend, as work nears completion on the helipad at the Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI), Upper Maudlin Street will be closed to allow the crane used to build the helipad to be removed.

The crane will be removed in sections from the roof of the BRI by a second crane reaching over 70 metres in height. 

From 10pm on Friday 23 August, two-way lights will be set up on Upper Maudlin Street between the entrance to the BRI and Bristol Royal Hospital for Children to the junction with Lower Maudlin Street, and work will start on assembling the 500 ton mobile crane. 

From 2am until 8am on Saturday 24 August this section of Upper Maudlin Street will close to traffic in both directions as the crane is removed from the top of the BRI. A diversion will be in place to manage traffic. 

The two-way lights will be reinstated during the day on Saturday, but from 11pm Upper Maudlin Street will again close to traffic. From 10am on Sunday 25 August until the end of the day, the two-way lights will be reinstated until the mobile crane has been removed from the site. If extra time is required to dismantle the crane the diversion may remain in place until Monday 26 August. 

Andy Headdon, strategic programme director at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, said, "We appreciate that the work to remove the crane from the top of the BRI will result in some disruption to traffic using Upper Maudlin Street over the weekend, but we've tried to minimise this disruption by only closing the road overnight. Please avoid driving into the hospital precinct during this time if you can."