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Thursday, 10 July 2014

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Council backs Carlisle bridge scheme - but it depends on Government cash

A vital replacement footbridge linking Carlisle communities has moved a step closer.

Carlisle bridge photo
The bridge from Denton Holme to Currock

Cumbria County Council wants to replace a poorly-lit, rusty and graffiti-covered bridge between Currock and Denton Holme with a new crossing.

The county’s local committee for Carlisle agreed to press on with the option of a long ramped approach leading to a new bridge off Lund Crescent in Currock.

The move comes after the council received overwhelming support from the public, with 93 per cent of those consulted backing the plans.

But deputy leader Stewart Young stressed that the scheme would depend on central Government funding.

He said: “It’s in the county council’s programme for next year but it will depend on the settlement we get from central Government.

“If we don’t get that money then it will fall through. We are basing our plans on what the Government has said.

“But we will certainly be lobbying them to give us the funding.”

The new bridge will cost about £1m to build. But council contract manager Kevin Walsh said the council was in the “early stages” of the design process and that this figure could be “modified”.

At this stage he was not able to tell the committee whether it was likely to be modified up or down from the original estimate.

But Mr Young said that the money that would have been used to improve the existing bridge could now be used on the replacement bridge.

He added that the county council was also expecting £45,000 from a developer building houses on nearby Red Bank Terrace.

Mr Young said developers had agreed to contribute to the scheme as part of their planning permission agreement.

Cumbria County Council wants to develop a more accessible crossing point over the Cumbrian Coast Railway to link the two communities.

David Sheard, county council support manager, said it was “indisputably the most needed scheme in Carlisle.”

Hugh McDevitt, city councillor from Denton Holme, said: “It will allow the people much safer access to the facilities at the far side of Carlisle – Bitts Park, The Sands Centre, the university and the Youth Zone.”

Have your say

Hi Brian,

Fact - The consultation document issued by Cumbria County Council document states
"Why is this scheme being looked at
The existing bridge is substandard with very poor approaches and is difficult for pedestrians, let alone cyclists to use".
The access steps are a " considerable barrier for cyclists, people with pushchairs and those with limited mobility"

Opinion
I agree.

Emily feels that it is a ridiculous to talk about the bridge being dangerous. You say that your views are in line with hers.

I respect your views but contend that the current bridge represents by virtue of its steep steps and poor access, a danger to users (pedestrians, cyclists and wheelchair users) travelling from one side of the city to another.

Posted by A cyclist on 1 August 2012 at 10:25

If the bridge does go ahead I hope the county council see fit to include local contractors on the tender list as placing a contract with a company from Manchester or Leed etc. does nothing for the local economy in terms of creating jobs.

Posted by rb on 1 August 2012 at 09:02

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