Rundown Carlisle footbridge to be replaced at last
Last updated at 11:51, Monday, 23 July 2012
A dilapidated Carlisle footbridge that provides a vital link between Currock and Denton Holme is set to be replaced at last.
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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.
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.
To use arguments like that 'A cyclist' then it is only fair to say that every single task we undertake is dangerous. Unfortunately you use the word 'appears' to support your argument which does little more than underline the fact that your point is an opinion rather than a fact. Emilys opinion is in line with my own, the bridge is not dangerous to all who use it as another respondent has claimed. It is however inaccesible to some and the points relating to disabled access are fair. Cyclists however will no doubt be claiming that as they have to get off their bikes to cross the bridge is unfit for purpose. This is little more than a self centred argument and as I expect (just an opinion) they want to be able to cross the bridge without dismounting they will be then also expect to be riding across a bridge shared with pedestians which will create a health & safety hazard as we have all witnessed the iresponsible way in which cyclists ride in Carlisle.