Work to construct a replacement road bridge at Pooley Bridge is progressing well. The next stage of the project will involve the installation of a temporary footbridge and removal of the current temporary road bridge.
Work is scheduled to start on Monday 9 September on this key milestone in the project which is being delivered by Cumbria County Council.
From Monday 9 September there will be no foot or vehicle access over the River Eamont for a short period whilst a temporary footbridge is under construction, once completed the temporary footbridge will allow people access across the river whilst the new bridge is constructed.
During this short period when no footbridge is available, the county council will provide a free, return shuttle bus from the temporary car park at the A592/B5320 junction and steamer pier for anyone wishing to travel into the village. Pooley Bridge will remain open for business throughout the construction period.
Cumbria County Council is investing £5 million to create an iconic 128-feet long structure which will be the only stainless steel road bridge in the country.
During the construction phase of the project, from September 2019 to Spring 2020, there will be no vehicle access over the River Eamont at Pooley Bridge while the new bridge is being built.
Signage advising of the road closure will be in place in advance and there will be clearly signed diversion routes in operation while the new bridge is being constructed.
Access to car parking facilities will be available near the junction of the A592 and B5320 near Pooley Bridge, on the western side of the River Eamont, and within the village on the eastern side of the river, throughout the construction works.
Cllr Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said: “We have now reached another important milestone in this exciting project. As part of the project, a temporary footbridge will be provided to help maintain pedestrian access in and out of the village while the new bridge is built because keeping Pooley Bridge open for business is of the utmost importance to us. We appreciate there will be disruption while there’s no road crossing the river. However the council has worked closely with the community and we’ve done everything we can to minimise disruption and I’d like to thank people for their patience and understanding during this period.”
On Monday 9 September the existing temporary road bridge will be closed ready for removal and whilst a new temporary pedestrian only bridge is constructed and lifted into place. For the period of the works which is estimated to take between 1.5 weeks and 2 weeks, dependent upon weather conditions, there will be no access across the river.
While the temporary road bridge is removed and the footbridge is installed, there will be a free bus service starting near Pooley Bridge Pier House and going via the M6 J40 and Kemplay Bank roundabouts, Eamont Bridge and Tirril to Pooley Bridge village.
The replacement bridge project for Pooley Bridge is a key part of Cumbria County Council’s Infrastructure Recovery Programme.
For more information, go to cumbria.gov.uk/pooleybridge