North East Lincolnshire Council and its regeneration partner, ENGIE, are pleased to announce the £4.967m scheme to refurbish Corporation Road Bridge, with major structural works and features to bring the bridge back to its original design, is progressing well.
The scheme is funded by £2.967m from the Department for Transport, £1.83m set aside by the council and a further £170,000 from the Local Transport Fund.
Engineers at ENGIE are currently preparing detailed designs for the scheme and working closely with Historic England to ensure the Grade 2 listed structure can be renovated in accordance with their guidelines. This will include using materials and methods that meet their criteria and where possible will resemble the original bridge’s designs and features.
To allow us to renovate in keeping with the original design, the project team are encouraging anyone with historic photos of the original structure around 1925 to send a copy of the picture to CorporationRoadBridge@nelincs.gov.uk.
These photos will support engineers and the contractor in carrying out the works and seeing the original features in the early years of the bridge. We may use some of these photos as part of the scheme promotion. If you are unhappy for any photos you submit to be used, please make this clear in your email.
Councillor Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for environment and transport, said: “I’m pleased to see further investment into Grimsby Town Centre with this scheme progressing.
“The bridge is a strategic part of the highways network to keep traffic flowing and allow pedestrian and maritime access. This funding will enable us to secure the bridge’s long-term future and enhance a key heritage asset within Grimsby’s Heritage Action Zone.
“We’re aware of the disturbance and inconvenience this scheme will cause to local people and businesses, but without this intervention, the reality would be permanently closing the bridge and losing access completely.
“We’re taking this opportunity, with the funding available, to ensure the future of the bridge but also carry out refurbishment works to, as much as possible, restore the bridge back to its original design when it opened in 1925.”
Engineers are planning to start the work in spring 2021 following completion of the Garth Lane public realm improvements.
Works will take 12 months to complete. Due to the extensive work required, the majority of the works will take place with a closure of the bridge in place.
Engineers and the contractor will look to reduce the programme of works and try to minimise traffic management where possible, but it is crucial these works are carried out to ensure the long-term future of the bridge.
In the coming weeks, the council and ENGIE will be going through the tender process and appointing a contractor. Once this is in place, further details about the scheme will be shared.
Local residents and businesses affected by the scheme are encouraged to complete this survey https://corpbridge.questionpro.eu/.
The purpose of this survey is to allow residents and businesses the opportunity to have their say on the current detailed design for the project and have the opportunity to raise any concerns about the scheme or specific access arrangements. The project team and portfolio holder for environment and transport also use the responses to measure support for the scheme.
Later this year, we will be carrying out a second survey, once the detailed design work is complete and a full traffic management proposal is in place, to provide residents and businesses another opportunity to comment on the scheme and specific concerns about access and the design.