The organisations involved in repairing Sutton Harbour Footbridge are working towards the bridge being back in action in time for Easter.
Plymouth City Council, the Environment Agency and Sutton Harbour Company are putting in over £250,000 into the repair of the custom-built footbridge which crosses Sutton Lock, with the repairs being coordinated and commissioned by Council engineers.
An order was placed for a new replacement footbridge bearing in September 2018. The unique bearing, which measures 1.52 metres in diameter and weighs around a tonne, is currently being made by a specialist manufacturer in the United States after approaches to local engineering companies were declined.
Council Leader Tudor Evans said: “We know how important this footbridge is to give everyone: visitors, locals and importantly, businesses such as Rockfish and the National Marine Aquarium the certainty they need.
“This is a complex engineering project and our engineers have been working hard behind the scenes to get this work done as fast as we can.”
The pedestrian footbridge across Sutton Lock was fitted over 20 years ago as part of the installation of the Sutton Harbour lock gates. The lock gate’s main function is to manage flood risk and allow marine traffic, such as fishing boats, to enter Sutton Harbour.
The bridge was closed to pedestrians after a failure of the bearing meant the turntable could not operate. The lock gates remain fully operational to enable fishing boats and leisure boats to access the harbour.
Last year, while design work on the bearing was being prepared, the Council worked with partners to create a temporary walkway for pedestrians to cross the lock during the peak summer season. Around 30,000 people used the temporary walkway during August and September.