Shotley Grove footbridge delayed!

Although all the advance works for the replacement footbridge are all complete [including road widening for crane access], construction workers have moved off site.

Access issues on the Northumberland side of the river are still not resolved. It appears that land negotiations failed at the 11th hour.

The fabrication of the additional 10 metre section of bridge [to be added to an existing 30 metre section] has been put on hold and other orders cancelled whilst land agents try to deal with the issues.

There is only a limited window in which construction can take place, before October, to satisfy Environment Agency requirements.  If an affordable agreement cannot be reached the viability of the scheme may be in doubt, particularly in the current economic climate with budget cuts looming.

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