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Faversham Creek swing bridge to be replaced after engineers' inspection

Contributed by editor on Dec 14, 2019 - 02:00 PM

Faversham Creek Swing Bridge  Photo: KCC

 

A temporary bridge over Faversham Creek will be installed next week while investigations are continuing into the condition of the existing swing bridge.


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Kent County Council, working with Peel Ports, lifted the swing bridge on Monday (December 9) allowing surveyors and technical assessors to examine otherwise inaccessible parts of the structure.

Following a detailed examination of the bridge structure and the mechanical parts and assemblies, it was decided that further consideration would be needed on whether to repair or replace the bridge.

So as not to lose the important road across the creek, Kent County Council will be installing a temporary bridge early next week, providing access for vehicles and pedestrians.

Until the temporary bridge is installed, KCC has put in place a temporary diversion route and is laying a footpath to Flood Lane.

Temporary lighting is also being installed to help make the crossing safe for vehicles and pedestrians.

KCC’s cabinet member for highways and transport, Michael Payne, said: “Whilst I appreciate it will be disappointing that the existing bridge cannot be repositioned immediately, I am reassured that our proactive decision to lift the bridge will help us decide the best way to secure this important crossing for the future.

“We have ensured that our response has been swift to both reconnect Faversham’s communities and to enhance the pedestrian facilities.

“The decision to install a temporary bridge has not been taken lightly and is, I believe, the correct course of action in the circumstances.

“Safety is Kent County Council’s top priority and we are not prepared to put the travelling public at risk."

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