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Decision expected on Cumbria bridge rebuild

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Plans to construct a 39m-long replacement for Pooley Bridge in Cumbria are set to go before a national park authority this week.

The Lake District National Park Authority’s (LDNPA) development control committee will meet on Wednesday to decide whether to grant planning permission for the rebuild.

Eric Wright Civil Engineering last month won the £5M contract from client Cumbria County Council to build the new bridge, almost a year after winning the design contract.

Replacing the 251-year-old Pooley Bridge over the River Eamont became a priority for Cumbria County Council after it was destroyed by Storm Desmond in December 2015.

At present, a £300,000 temporary replacement bridge is being used, and the new design has been engineered to withstand future storms.

The previous bridge was a Grade II listed stone structure with three arches and two piers in the water. Parts of the abutments are all that remain on the site of the former structure.

Current proposals for rebuilding the bridge are for a single span structure carrying a single carriageway and two footways across the river, in the same location as the original.

The abutments will be stone faced, while the arch and bridge deck would be made of composite steel and concrete.

Meanwhile, the bridge deck itself is set to be made relatively slim and above the deck steel rails will suppor a timber handrail with recessed down lighting.

Construction of the new abutments will require the removal of the former listed structure’s remains.

Historic England has already said that it has no objection to the proposals, according to a report by prepared for the development control committee by LDNPA area planner Ben Long.

Work on the project is expected to be completed by the Easter of 2020.

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Readers' comments (1)

  • Isn't three and a half years rather a long time to take to even get to design sign off stage on this key piece of infrastructure?

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