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Community drive to reopen prototype FRP bridge

Aberfeldy

The community of Aberfeldy, home of world’s first fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) bridge, has said it is working to get the structure reopened.

Details of the cause of the closure of the foodbridge at Aberfeldy Golf Club have been given as a cost of £15,000 to repair handrails and an additional cost of a survey to pass the bridge as safe.

Completed in 1992, the Aberfeldy bridge was the world’s first major wholly advanced composite footbridge. It is also the longest span fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) bridge in the UK.

The three span cable stayed pedestrian bridge spans has two, 18m high A-shaped towers which support a 64m central section and two 25m long side spans.

There have been concerns for its future after it was closed because of safety concerns.

Local resident Henry Murdoch said in a Facebook update on the bridge: “There is clearly a desire within the community to have the bridge reopened as soon as possible.

“The golf club have said they want to keep the bridge and want to rectify the situation. The club have decided that the eight holes on the Weem side of the river will not be used for the next two years. Even so they said last night it was still a priority to get the bridge open as soon as possible. We had two local councillors at the meeting who both gave very positive feedback with regard to engineering and structural reports and groups that could be approached for advice.”

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