Pooley Bridge plans reach new milestone

Date: Friday 22nd March 2019

THE contract to build the new bridge at Pooley Bridge has been awarded by Cumbria County Council to Eric Wright Civil Engineering Ltd.

The final design is innovative and will result in the only single span bridge of this type in the country.

It will cost in the region of £5 million and work is scheduled to start on site in May, with a target completion date around late spring or early summer, 2020.

However, this date will be subject to factors such as weather.

Keith Little, Cumbria County Council cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “This bridge is a very important project to the council and I am delighted that we are now at a stage of awarding the contract.

“The design is outstanding and I am looking forward to the day when we officially open it and allow this community to truly get back to their day to day business. All work to date, including the design and the timescale, has taken account of local feedback and we have specifically avoided disruption in their peak tourism season.”

Diane Bourne, managing director for Eric Wright Civil Engineering, added: “We’ve been working closely with Cumbria County Council on the design for the new bridge for the last 12 months and we are delighted to also be appointed for the construction phase.