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Will the judges of the Brunel 200 Clifton Crossing Competition consider designs for strengthening the Clifton Suspension Bridge to cater for crowd loading over the whole plan area?

At present the bridge has to be closed when it is most needed, at times of festivals in Ashton Park, on the Somerset side of the River Avon.

If strengthening is not feasible, I suggest another competition for revision of the pedestrian-unfriendly Cumberland Basin Bridges scheme to include a lowlevel link into Ashton Park.

This might include the recommissioning of Brunel's swivel bridge (pictured above) at the Cumberland Basin Entrance Lock.

This lovely bridge was completed during Brunel's lifetime and taken out of service by me in 1968 - and nearly scrapped - as part of a cost cutting exercise. Curiously it is not located at the Brunel Lock - but that's another story.

David Neale (M), former city docks engineer at Bristol, dcneale@blueyonder. co. uk

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