Walking and cycling bridge to have major £1 million repairs
The Rhubarb Bridge, previously earmarked for demolition, is expected to stay functional for a further ten years
Sep 11, 2018
A key walking and cycling bridge has been saved from demolition in Peterborough following sustained campaigning from local groups and Cycling UK.
The council’s local transport plan had allocated £5.5 million to demolish Rhubarb Bridge, widen the carriageway and add a series of level crossings.
However local residents said that replacing the bridge with a series of level crossings would be extremely dangerous for the many people who currently walk or cycle across the bridge each day.
Now, £1 million of the funding will be used to fund structural repairs to the bridge and the level crossing and road widening will go ahead as planned.
The repairs are expected to keep the bridge functional for a further ten years, in which time it is hoped that the council will raise enough money to replace the bridge.
Councillor Peter Hiller, cabinet member for growth, planning, housing and economic development at Peterborough Council, said: “We always wanted to investigate whether the bridge had to be demolished, or whether the integrity of the structure was of a quality that it could be retained.
“It’s a very complex bridge and we were concerned at the time it was approaching the end of its safe life, that has proved not to be the case.”
The Rhubarb Bridge provides a route for people to cycle and walk over the A47/A15 junction but had been earmarked for demolition by Peterborough council, who insisted that it was nearing the end of its life and that to replace it would cost up to £30 million.