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The Gallery | Polymer bridge installed in East Sussex

An innovative lightweight footbridge has been installed in East Sussex.

The 8m-long fibre reinforced polymer crossing, designed by Surrey-based CRL Composites, has a 60-year life expectancy and requires minimal maintenance.  

Its installation over the River Brede in Sedlescombe was carried out by Uckfield-based civil engineers Thornes and overseen by contractor Kier.

East Sussex County Council lead member for transport and environment Carl Maynard said: “The old wooden footbridge had deteriorated over the years and was requiring regular work to replace rotting timbers.

“The materials used in the new structure mean it will need far less maintenance work, saving time and money in the long run.

“The [new] bridge had the added benefit of being built off-site, allowing us to minimise the disruption to pedestrians which would have been caused by lengthy construction work.”

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  • Is this as innovative as the GRP lifting bridge carrying light industrial road traffic which was opened in 1994 to replace an earlier timber bridge over the Stroudwater Canal in Stonehouse, Glos, giving access to Bonds Mill? (Unfortunately the lifting jacks jammed on the opening occasion, but this was soon corrected).

    Ted Wilson (M)

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