River Trent pedestrian and cycle bridge proposals
As part of the £23.8million Burton Towns Fund programme, we have proposed the installation a new traffic free bridge over the river Trent approximately midway between the two existing traffic bridges (St Peter’s Bridge and Burton Bridge). The bridge will link Stapenhill Hollows to the Oxhay Meadow and from there residents will be able to link to the town centre via the existing Andressey Bridge or to the leisure centre via the existing Oxhay Bridge.
Have your say on our consultation page here:
What are the main benefits of this new bridge?
The new bridge will enable pedestrians and cyclists to:
- access the town centre via the proposed new waterfront development without using their cars and avoiding heavily trafficked routes across St Peters Bridge or Burton Bridge from the Brizlincote area, but also providing a traffic free alternative route in for residents living in Winshill and Stapenhill too.
- extend the leisure uses of the Washlands area by creating a circular walk / run / cycle starting at the proposed new waterfront development / leisure centre and incorporating the Oxhay Meadows and Cherry Orchard area, Stapenhill Hollows, the formal Stapenhill Gardens and the historic ferry bridge all without encountering traffic which will extend the interest of visitors to the town to stay longer and make use of these beautiful areas alongside the River Trent.
How much will it cost?
The new bridge is estimated to cost up to £6.8 million. We know this is a significant investment, however it will benefit the town for a very long time. Over a century on from when the Victorians made a significant investment when they funded the popular Ferry Bridge in the late 1800s, this new traffic free bridge will create a contemporary sustainable route into the town for the next century and beyond. The budget figure includes a healthy contingency in case the working area becomes flooded during the construction phase of the project, as work will then need to be stopped if this happens until the river returns to within its banks.
Who will fund the works?
The new bridge will be entirely funded through the government’s Towns Fund at no extra cost to the local taxpayer. The project fits neatly within the funding guidance to create new cycle and walking routes which improve affordability, convenience, reliability, and sustainability of travel options to and from places of work and places of interest (especially shops and amenities).
When would the bridge be constructed if approved?
A structure of this significance is likely to take two to three years of design, planning and approvals before construction. The design and construction teams will work with the Environment Agency to decide the best time of year for the works to take place to both minimise the risk of the floodplain being under water and to minimise the impact on wildlife habitats.
Why not just use the existing bridges?
The existing road bridges (St Peter’s Bridge and Burton Bridge) are heavily congested at peak hours of the day. This is not a particularly pleasant experience for pedestrians or cyclists and puts many off from using these forms of transport. This in turn creates additional car journeys into town which adds to the congestion. Providing a pleasant traffic free route will encourage more people to walk or cycle into town which will be great for their health and wellbeing, relieve some of the congestion on the trafficked bridges and is also good for the environment.
The Ferry Bridge provides a traffic free route already?
The Ferry Bridge provides an excellent traffic free route into town and this benefits many existing residents from the Stapenhill area. However, it only provides a traffic free route for around a third of the properties on the east side of the river without them going out of their way to access it. The new route will offer a convenient traffic free route in for the other two thirds of residents living on the east side of the river once they have crossed the Stapenhill Road.
People can already access the Washlands using existing links without the need for a bridge. Why do we need another bridge?
The new bridge will join the two sides of the Washlands together, enabling much more use of the beautiful parklands either side of the River Trent. This will create a new circular walk / cycle route that will extend the opportunity for residents and visitors alike to spend more leisure time on the Washlands. The introduction of interpretation boards will offer local information enabling everyone to explore the washlands and find out more about their local history.
What are you going to do to protect all the different wildlife which lives along the river corridor and washlands?
A team of specialist ecologists are undertaking surveys to assess which species are present within the area of the works. This will form an important element of future designs for the bridge project to mitigate any impact on habitats, and where possible we will look to improve habitats as part of the works. The findings of the surveys will be shared and reviewed with appropriate specialists from organisations such as the Environment Agency. The decision to have a free span across the river with no central piers in the River Trent has already been taken to minimise impact on fish and habitat within the banks of the river.
Will the bridge and connecting footpaths be lit at night?
We want to hear residents’ views on this. Lighting will need to be balanced with the protected nature of some wildlife species known to use the washlands. The use of subtle lighting to guide walkers across the washlands could be investigated but full street lighting would not be appropriate. We would also like to hear residents’ views about incorporating the potential to light the bridge structure as a striking feature, for occasions such as large events in the town, significant days of remembrance etc. Please share your views on the questionnaire about this.
Why are you asking about the creation of additional parking at The Hollows?
Construction work to install such a significant piece of infrastructure will take months of civil engineering work on the washlands. This will require a large site compound to be created, which is most likely to be adjacent to the existing Hollows car park. After construction has finished it would be general practice to remove all evidence of the compound and return the area to grass. However, with some forethought the compound area could be converted into additional parking to support an increase in visitors to the park, or to shorten the walk into town by residents who aren’t able to walk all the way from home but would enjoy the shorter walk across the Washlands. Please share your views on the questionnaire about this.
I’ve seen machinery and construction teams working near to the proposed bridge position, what are they doing?
During October a series of four deep boreholes will be drilled into the area close to where the proposed bridge piers will be installed. This is to help engineers understand the different below ground materials to assist them in designing the bridge. It is important to know this at an early stage because the depth of good bedrock below the ground is an important factor in determining the type of foundation and the cost. These findings will help us in the production of the necessary business case to enable us to access the funding from central government for the design and construction of the new bridge.