Multi-million-pound improvements to key Grimsby sites approved by Cabinet
Multi-million-pound work to restore Grimsby’s historic and Grade 2 listed Corporation Road Bridge has moved a step closer.
In one of two major highway projects agreed by North East Lincolnshire councillors today (Thursday 28 May), they formally approved a plan that sees £2.967m Department of Transport funding released for the vital repairs. The council has already set aside a further £1.83m and an additional £170,000 from the Local Transport Fund to allow the £4.967m project to go-ahead.
The other is the reconstruction of Estate Road 2 on the Pyewipe Industrial Estate, at a cost of £2m. Both projects will be managed by ENGIE, on behalf of North East Lincolnshire Council.
The refurbishment of Corporation Bridge will enable it to function as a ‘moveable’ structure for years to come. Opened by His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales in 1928, it was built at a cost of £60,000 (more than £3m in today’s money) and is a Scherzer rolling bascule bridge – moveable with a counterweight that continuously balances a span, or ‘leaf’, throughout its upward swing, providing clearance for boat traffic.
The bridge falls within Grimsby’s Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) and is recognised as a significant symbol of the town’s industrial heritage. The HAZ, a 2.5km stretch from 17-19 Wellowgate to the Kasbah, contains historic buildings and structures. North East Lincolnshire Council, its regeneration partner ENGIE and Historic England are working together on plans for their future.
Detailed planning for the Corporation Bridge work will now start, with specialists appointed and time scales identified.
Councillor Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for environment and transport, said the authority recognises the importance and historical significance of the bridge and was determined to work with partners to ensure it was preserved.
“This bridge, along with other key structures across our town, are constant reminders of what made Grimsby ‘great’. They represent our history and our heritage,” he said,
“As an authority, we are determined to do all within our power to ensure such structures are here for the next generation. Grimsby without Corporation Road Bridge is not an option and if we don’t act now, it will be lost forever in its present form.”
Supporting the move, Historic England principal adviser David Walsh, said: “Historic England welcomes the substantial investment in repairing Corporation Bridge which makes such an important contribution to Grimsby’s port heritage. We are pleased to work in partnership with North East Lincolnshire Council and ENGIE on heritage-led regeneration in the Heritage Action Zone and are currently providing pre-application advice on the proposals for the bridge, including on technical matters.”
Meanwhile, Estate Road 2 will also receive significant attention in the coming months, with its deteriorating carriageway and footways completely reconstructed. Councillors agreed to release £1.9m of capital funding and £180,000 from the approved Local Transport Plan to facilitate this vital work.
In making the decision, councillors were told how the key stretch of road, between Estate Road 6 and the A180 Pyewipe roundabout would be at risk of complete closure in the future if action was not taken. This would impact significantly on businesses and be a barrier to the future economic growth of the area.