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Essential work to bridge set to begin in summer

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 31, 2014

28/03/14 Ferry Bridge chat - Ferry Bridge, Burton
Julian Mott and other people chatting to passers-by about how to mark the 125th anniversary at the Ferry Bridge.

28/03/14 Ferry Bridge chat - Ferry Bridge, Burton Julian Mott and other people chatting to passers-by about how to mark the 125th anniversary at the Ferry Bridge.

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RESTORATION work to a historic footbridge in Burton that was due to be carried out last year will take place this summer.

The work to protect the Grade Two listed Ferry Bridge at Stapenhill will be carried out by Staffordshire County Council.

It will see the supporting pillars on the bridge restored, meaning the foundations will be strengthened and provide lasting protection to the bridge structure.

The council confirmed that the reason for the delay was due to continued high water levels.

The authority’s cabinet support member for transport Simon Tagg said: “Burton’s Ferry Bridge is an historic landmark for both the town and the county and it is important that we preserve it for future generations.

“This is essential maintenance work to the bridge’s supporting pillars and while people may not be able to see a great deal when completed, it is vital that we complete the project to ensure it is safe.

“In future years we hope to carry out more improvements on the walkway and other bridge features.

“The bridge will remain open throughout the works period so no-one will be inconvenienced.

“It is important that we can improve access and transport connections but this project is also about preserving Staffordshire’s history.”

A council spokesman said that initial investigatory work had started and would continue in coming weeks, adding that bespoke steel and carbon fibre components would be needed due to the bridge’s listed status.

The county council will lead the project in partnership with East Staffordshire Borough Council and English Heritage.

Ferry Bridge was opened in 1889, the same year as the Eiffel Tower in Paris. It replaced the Burton to Stapenhill ferry service across the River Trent and soon became a Staffordshire landmark.

A group called Friend of Ferry Bridge was set up following concerns that the bridge is falling into disrepair. The group want to see more work done to the rest of the bridge to restore it to its formers glory.

The group will hold a meeting at the bridge at 2pm on Wednesday.

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