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New bridge installed at Barton’s Point Coastal Park in Sheerness

Published Monday 16 August, 2021
Last updated on Monday 16 August, 2021

Work on the new, purpose-built bridge at Barton’s Point Coastal Park in Sheerness has finished.

The brand-new bridge between Barton’s Point Coastal Park and the Queenborough Lines was commissioned by Swale Borough Council after the old bridge was irreparably damaged.

Cllr Julian Saunders, cabinet member for environment at the council, said:

“The new bridge at Barton’s Point coastal park is now in place.

“We knew we would need a specialist contractor to build and install the new bridge, and that it would take time. However, we are delighted with the new bridge. It was worth the wait.

“The Queenborough Lines are a scheduled ancient monument, so the new bridge had to be custom-made and approved by Historic England.

“We want to thank everybody for their patience while we worked to improve the coastal park and protect the wildlife and historic significance of the area.”

Cllr Eddie Thomas, deputy cabinet member for environment at the council, said:

“The old hardwood iroko bridge was installed more than 25 years ago, and it was time for an upgrade.

“The new bridge is 31 metres of structural steel with a deck and rail design made from Ekki, a durable marine timber with a 30-year service life.  The foundation of the bridge was also designed not to disturb the ground of the historic Queenborough Lines.

“As well as protecting the ground, it meant we didn’t have to do any excavation work and could install the bridge and reinstate the footpath quickly, allowing people to enjoy the coastal park this summer.”

For more information about Barton’s Point coastal park visit www.visit-swale.co.uk/attractions/bartons-point-coastal-park-1858