Pooley Bridge to open to pedestrians

Date: Friday 11th September 2020

People will be able to walk across the new bridge at Pooley Bridge tomorrow for the first time.

Cumbria County Council announced that the new multi-million-pound bridge will be open to pedestrians.

The stainless steel road bridge is the first of its kind in the country and is due to open to traffic later next month.

A temporary footbridge, which provided pedestrian access across the river during the bridge construction, was lifted out today.

Keith Little, Cumbria County Council cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Removing the temporary footbridge, which has provided a vital link across the river for the local community and visitors, marks another big milestone in this exciting project.

“The county council expects that people will be able to walk across the bridge for the first time from tomorrow and see for themselves what this fantastic new structure looks like.

“Our main contractor Eric Wright Civil Engineering is working hard to complete this important project which will restore connectivity in the Ullswater area.

“We’re aiming to open the new bridge to traffic later next month ahead of the school half term holiday.”