Temporary Closure – Jackfield & Coalport Memorial Bridge

Temporary Closure – Jackfield & Coalport Memorial Bridge

As work to preserve the Iron Bridge comes to an end work is also beginning on the Jackfield & Coalport memorial footbridge. The footbridge will be closed temporarily from the 5th of November for 3 days whilst Telford & Wrekin Council and their contractor undertake remediation works.

The footbridge will be open early morning & mid -afternoon to permit access to public transport & school transport.

Footbridge fully open overnight from 5PM until 8AM following day.

Signage will be displayed in advance to advise public / residents of temporary closure.

The timber elements of this structure have deteriorated. Minor immediate repairs have already been completed to replace and brace the most damaged sections.

The works to over-boarded the deck are being carried out as an intermediate make safe solution. This is a temporary measure so that the bridge can remain open to pedestrians whilst we plan a more major Capital scheme to replace all of the timber elements.

The Coalport and Jackfield Memorial Bridge, spanning The River Severn was erected in 1922 as a memorial to those who had died in WWI.

Cllr Nicola Lowery, Borough Councillor for the Ironbridge Gorge said: “The Jackfield and Coalport Memorial Bridge symbolises an important part of our local history as it commemorates twenty-six men from Coalport and Jackfield. The Bridge was previously restored and reinstated in 2000 and these remediation works are required to make the bridge safe for pedestrians until capital funding can be secured as part of a larger project to replace the timber surface.

“Whilst the structure itself is structurally sound, the Council will need to replace all of the timber on the bridge and are working to secure the funding needed.

“The Memorial bridge also provides a vital link between our communities in Jackfield and Coalport, which is used by many local residents and visitors. I know the Council are making every effort to minimise any distruption to the local community as part of the temporary works and it is great to see that plans are being drawn up to ensure we continue to invest in preserving this piece of history in Jackfield and Coalport”.

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