Futuristic footbridge gets green light

Published on: 25 Aug 2017

A PROPOSED composite footbridge linking Lyde Green and Emersons Green across the ring road has been given the go-ahead.

South Gloucestershire Council wants to build another bridge to link with the new park and ride site and to give a second pedetrian route to the shops on the other side of the A4174 for people living in the rapidly growing Lyde Green.

The new crossing will be 125m away from the old bridge, which will remain in place, and  is likely to be ‘midnight green’ in colour. It will consist of an arch and walkway hung using stainless steel hangers, and will have steps and ramps at either side, making it easy for cyclists to access.

Despite opposition from local residents for reasons such as lack of lighting, safety and a poor use of funds given that the existing bridge will remain open, planning approval was granted in March. 

Since then, detailed structural design has continued, along with preparing specifications for fabrication and testing of the structure, which is required because of the advanced materials that are being used for the bridge. The technology will mean less decay and corrosion, reducing maintenance costs.

The testing will be carried out through the autumn and winter of this year, and once the testing has been completed, the structural design will be finalised, incorporating any changes that are required because of the testing results. Fabrication will start offsite in early 2018 and is expected to take up to a year to complete.

A council spokesman said: “We expect to start the civil engineering works (raising the embankments, constructing the approach paths and constructing the abutments for the bridge) in early 2019. The bridge is planned to be installed into position during summer 2019, with its opening due to take place in autumn 2019.”

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