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The Highways Agency has commissioned an innovative suspension bridge with a glass reinforced polymer deck to form the final link in the National Cycle Network across the A30 near Bodmin in Cornwall. The bridge is designed by Flint & Neil Partnership with architect Wilkinson Eyre, as part of a design and build contract with Balfour Beatty. Its 50m span bridge will be supported by conventional structural components but the deck will be constructed from hand laid up resin infused GRP, strong enough to carry pedestrians, cyclists and horses. GRP was chosen as it is cheaper than conventional materials and should also reduce long-term maintenance. It will also allow the deck to be erected in one lift over the busy trunk road. Work is expected to start on site next month.

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