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Barton's Point Bridge Update

Published Thursday 20 August, 2020
Last updated on Tuesday 22 September, 2020

People will be able to use the bridge between Barton’s Point Coastal Park and the Queenborough Lines next month, following the removal of the old damaged bridge.

Work to remove the damaged bridge in sections and dismantle on site starts on Monday 27 January and could take up to seven days.

Once removed, a temporary bridge will be installed on Monday 3 February while the new permanent bridge is custom-made.

The bridge was closed by Swale Borough Council in July last year after damage to the structure was reported.

The council brought in engineers to inspect the bridge and they found the structural damage was too severe to repair the existing structure.

Cllr Tim Valentine, cabinet member for environment, said:

“We are happy we can now remove the damaged bridge and install the temporary one while we have a new one commissioned.

“We’ve been working with specialist contractors to get designs and prices for the new bridge and hope to have the new permanent one installed by the end of the year.

“We want to thank the people affected by the closed bridge for their patience while we work hard to get the bridge replaced.”

During the work there will be restricted access to several areas and any damage made on the nearby grassed areas will be reinstated once the new temporary bridge has been installed.