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Community welcomes new date for replacement bridge

Most recents plans for the new bridge connecting tourists to Pooley Bridge Photo: Cumbria County Council

The community of Pooley Bridge have welcomed the decision to push back work to complete the construction of a replacement bridge across the River Eamont.

The new crossing will not be completed until Easter 2020 - but the community say that it's a better plan. The original bridge collapsed in December 2015 when severe flooding hit the county during Storm Desmond.

The temporary bridge across River Eamont Credit: ITV Border

Plans to build the new permanent bridge were originally scheduled during the summer months which, according to residents, would have had an impact on tourist numbers.

A temporary bridge connecting visitors to the popular destination was installed in its place. When construction begins, the crossing will be removed and a footbridge will allow tourists to get from one side to the other while the works is being carried out.

The original bridge. Credit: ITV Border

A new timetable for building the replacement crossing was announced in a meeting at Pooley Bridge last week. Forty residents attended the gathering where stakeholders heard the change of plans.

An outline design of the new bridge is currently being completed by a project team.

We believe the revised target date for reopening the bridge is a realistic timetable and also takes account of local feedback about keeping the temporary road bridge in place until after next summer’s peak season.”

– CLLR KEITH LITTLE, CUMBRIA COUNTY COUNCIL CABINET MEMBER FOR HIGHWAYS AND TRANSPORT