Tewkesbury footbridge to reopen after refurbishment

A footbridge in Tewkesbury is set to reopen after a full refurbishment by Gloucestershire County Council this summer.

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The listed footbridge, between Perry Hill and Howells Road, will be fully refurbished and work is due to start in the summer, but not before the protected status for spawning fish is removed in mid-June.  

The Swilgate footbridge, provides pedestrian access over the River Swilgate and had to be closed because of public safety over structural concerns.

The refurbishment work will include steelwork repairs, new anti-slip surfacing and a refurbished iron deck and has been approved by Tewkesbury Borough Council. This work should secure the long-term future of the bridge and be more resilient against poor weather.

The Legion footbridge between Lanescourt and Howells Road in Tewkesbury also had to be closed for public safety because of its deteriorating condition. Since its closure pedestrians have been diverted over the Link Road bridge and onto Howells Road. Sadly because of the nature of its defects, the Legion footbridge cannot be repaired, so the structure has been removed.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways, said: “We appreciate it’s been inconvenient having these footbridges closed but it was important to do so to ensure public safety.

“It’s great news that Swilgate will have a full refurbishment this summer and we are working closely with our partners to ensure all licences and approvals are in place.”

Cllr Cate Cody, local member for Tewkesbury at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We would like to thank everyone for their patience while these footbridges have been closed. I’m looking forward to seeing the Swilgate footbridge reopened.”

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