Dates for demolition and dismantling of Union Street bridge

The bridge across Plymouth’s Union Street looks set to come down on 7 November.

Huge cranes are to arrive in Plymouth to help dismantle the footbridge which weighs an estimated 60 tonnes.

A pair of 250 tonnes will be positioned on either side of Union Street ahead of the demolition and will be lifting the bridge in tandem. To pave the way, a road closure order is being published this week to let residents, drivers and businesses know that Union Street will shut for 11 hours overnight on Wednesday 7 November.

 Diversions will be in place for the job which will be carried out by South West demolition contractors Gilpin.

The road will shut between 15 and 17 Union Street to its junction with Octagon Street westbound and from its junction with Octagon Street to its junction with The Crescent eastbound. Bath Street will also be closed and Flora Street from its junction with Flora Cottages to its junction with Union Street.

Diversions will be signposted and will take drivers around the Crescent, Millbay Road, Martin Street, Octagon roundabout, Union Street and outbound via the Crescent, Western Approach (outbound), North Cross roundabout, Western Approach (inbound), Union Street eastbound

 Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet Member for Finance and city centre champion said:  “Our plan to make Millbay happen is moving on at a cracking pace. Over the coming months there is going to be lots of change in this part of Plymouth. 

 “The logistics for this job is staggering.  They have 11 hours to lift the bridge, lower it onto the carriageway, cut it in two and cart it off. Gilpin also plan to take down the supporting towers in a single night.”

Before the bridge comes down, demolition work on the Two Trees pub will get underway on 16 October. Contractors have already been on site disconnecting utilities before the strip-out of the property takes place.

Once the empty pub has been demolished, a crane will be installed there and another put on land next to the Pavilions in order to dismantle the redundant footbridge. The two supporting towers will be removed straight after.

The empty pub – together with the Toys R Us building – was brought by the Council earlier this year as part of regeneration plans for the West End and Millbay.

The Council has been steadily been acquiring properties in and around Bath Street, Martin Street and Colin Campbell Court to enable regeneration to progress.