Damaged footbridge to be demolished

A footbridge near the junction of Park Lane and Dunnings Bridge Road that was damaged and rendered unsafe to be used will be demolished this weekend.

Following an incident on Friday 7 October 2022 in which a vehicle struck the A5036 Park Lane footbridge it was found to no longer be safe for pedestrians.

National Highways has assessed the damage to the bridge and now plan to demolish the existing structure. This will take place this Saturday (22 October).

This will require a full overnight closure of the A5036 in both directions between Park Lane footbridge and A5038 Netherton Way from 8pm on Saturday 22 October to 7am on Sunday 23 October.

The Park Lane junction will remain open while the demolition takes place, but temporary pedestrian crossing installed west of the footbridge will also be closed.

A diversion route via Netherton Way, Bridle Road and Park Lane will be clearly signposted. Drivers are advised to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journeys.

Robert Heywood, National Highways’ Route Manager, said, “Following the Park Lane footbridge being struck earlier this month, we worked to install a temporary pedestrian crossing and we have now scheduled the demolition of the structure.

“We thank all pedestrians for their understanding and patience especially pupils, parents and staff at the nearby Our Lady Walsingham Catholic Primary School.”

“I’d also like to thank drivers for their patience while we closed the A5036 to install the temporary crossing.

“We will try our best to complete this work to schedule, however the times above may need to be extended if affected by inclement weather. We apologise for any inconvenience this overnight road closure causes.”


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