Ed Vaizey has brought a meeting about building a temporary traffic bridge during railway work with transport minister Stephen Hammond forward to May 1.

Wantage MP Mr Vaizey will ask Mr Hammond for Government funding for a temporary replacement bridge by the A338 at Grove when Network Rail rebuilds Station Road bridge one as part of its electrification works.

Mr Vaizey’s assistant Lynda Atkins said: “Ed’s meeting has been brought forward, in order that the issues Ed wants to raise can be discussed rather sooner.”