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20 September 2016

Official opening of new pedestrian and cycle bridge at Currock

Currock Bridge opening

Cumbria County Council leader Councillor Stewart Young and Councillor Hugh McDevitt, local member for Denton Holme, have officially opened the new pedestrian and cycle bridge at Currock in Carlisle.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was carried out to mark the official unveiling of the bridge, which connects Currock and Denton Holme across the Cumbrian Coast Rail Line between Lund Crescent and Bousteads Grassing.

The new bridge connects the existing footpath on the Denton Holme side via a ramped walkway, providing full access to pedestrians, cyclists and disabled wheelchair users. The new bridge will also provide a continuous cycle link from Currock along the River Caldew north to Carlisle City Centre and south to Dalston.

Children from Robert Ferguson Primary School attended the celebration event and were among the first to cross the bridge on their bikes. Representatives from Currock Community Centre, members of the local community and the Cycle Carlisle group were also present at the official opening.

Councillor Stewart Young, Leader of Cumbria County Council, said: “The new bridge looks fantastic and offers full access for pedestrians, cyclists and wheelchair users. Residents and councillors have been campaigning for this improvement for many years, so this is a real red letter day for the local community. I’m absolutely delighted we now have a bridge that’s fit for purpose and will make it much easier for people to get around and travel to work and school.

“I am particularly pleased that the main contractor, Story Contracting, was able to use so many of our excellent local businesses who have all contributed to this exciting scheme. The new bridge will be a testimony to their skill and dedication for many years to come."

The bridge project forms part of a £7.8 million programme of investment in transport and infrastructure in Cumbria, secured by Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership and Cumbria County Council.

The county council is committed to getting more people cycling and walking through a range of initiatives, including infrastructure projects such as Currock Bridge, bringing the Tour of Britain to Cumbria, supporting active travel in schools and the Sky Rides and British Cycling partnership.

The Currock Bridge project was achieved by utilising the expertise of several local organisations - the bridge was fabricated at M&S Engineering in Eastriggs, painted at J.E Foster & Son at Longtown, transported to site by Lawsons of Cockermouth, and engineered and installed by Story Contracting of Carlisle.
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Cumbria County Council leader Councillor Stewart Young and Councillor Hugh McDevitt, local member for Denton Holme, have officially opened the new pedestrian and cycle bridge at Currock in Carlisle.