A new footbridge is set to open today in Sockbridge, Cumbria as a replacement for the original “Ironbridge” that was severely damaged in the 2009 floods.
The original Victorian multi-span structure was removed last Christmas by Cumbria County Council and has now been replaced with a new, flood-proofed footbridge.
The footbridge, which crosses the River Eamont, is the only local crossing point for walkers in the area and is a key link in the footpath network. The new £27,600 structure was completed on 18 August, and has been built to sit higher over the river to reduce the chance of future strike from debris flowing down the river.
“We have built flood proofing into the design of this bridge and worked closely with local interest groups to ensure that it is built to last,” said Cumbria cabinet member for highways councellor Tony Markley. “We are now in the second year of the delivery of flood recovery works across the county and I’m pleased to say that we are still on track for delivering all works within the three year target.”