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MPs gather as Chislehurst Bridge re-opens after more than a year

PUBLISHED: 16:23 16 November 2012 | UPDATED: 16:36 16 November 2012

MPs Bob Neill and Jo Johnson at the re-opening of Chislehurst Road bridge.

MPs Bob Neill and Jo Johnson at the re-opening of Chislehurst Road bridge.

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MPs and councillors gathered for the re-opening of Chislehurst Road bridge on Friday morning after it was closed around a year ago following safety concerns.

Bromley mayor Cllr Michael Turner cut the ribbon at around 10am and traffic was once again able to flow from Orpington from noon.

Bromley and Chislehurst MP Bob Neill joined Orpington MP Jo Johnson on the bridge as local residents and school children gathered for the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Mr Johnson said: “I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Bromley Council and the contractor, Hochtief, for completing the work on time and on budget.

“It is a vital link for Orpington residents and I know that today’s opening will be welcomed by many in the constituency.”

As a result of the bridge opening, Mr Johnson has expressed concerns over the return of the old 61 and 273 bus routes.

He will now meet with Transport for London, urging them to conduct usage analysis in order to determine the best future routes for vital community links.

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