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Burton Gateways Investment

A £6.1 million refurbishment scheme to safeguard the future use of St Peter’s Bridge and Burton Bridge is being carried out.

Following the completion of the works on St Peter’s Bridge last autumn, the next phase of vital strengthening of Burton Bridge is now underway. Preliminary works started in the Spring and major works on the bridge itself began on Monday, June 18th. The project will be completed in time for the start of the school term in September.

One single lane into Burton will remain open during the works on the bridge.

This work is absolutely essential to safeguard the use of the bridge for future generations and to help support the local economy.

We will be working hard to minimise the impact on the town, but clearly a bridge project of this scale simply cannot be undertaken without causing some level of disruption to people who use the bridge, especially at peak times

We are therefore asking people to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journeys if they plan to cross Burton Bridge from June 18th and we would like to ask people to bear with us and thank them for their patience during these essential works.

Burton Bridge


The next phase of the major works started on June 18th. It will include strengthening, resurfacing and upgrading gullies to help prevent surface flooding.

Burton Bridge History

The bridge is one of the most iconic landmarks in Burton and the “new” bridge was opened in 1863 and was widened in 1923.

Designed by the Midland Railway Company, the bridge was paid for by the Marquis of Anglesey, as Lord of Burton manor railways companies.

The bridge took 18 months to complete and a general holiday was proclaimed to mark the completion of the engineering feat.

What happens next?

The second phase to strengthen Burton Bridge began on Monday, June 18th. This will include strengthening works, resurfacing and upgrading the gullies to help prevent future surface flooding.

After listening to residents and business we have:

  • Rescheduled work to start on June 18th instead of the New Year and finish in time for the start of the new school term in September. This is a reduction of three weeks on the original plans

  • One lane on the bridge will now remain open, instead of the proposed full closure of all four lanes. This will be one-way into Burton to allow emergency to manage journeys over the bridges and encourage people to support businesses in the town. There will be some single overnight closures later in the summer

  • Extra crews will be deployed. During the scheme work will be carried out from 7:30am to 4:30pm seven days a week, with additional twilight shifts from 4:30pm to 10:30pm Monday to Friday – except when curing time for materials is necessary. Overnight working is not possible because of the impact of noise on nearby residential areas

  • Access will be maintained for cyclist and pedestrians.


The funding for the project is part of the multi-million pound Highways Challenge Fund by the Department for Transport.

St Peter's Bridge

Vital strengthening work needed be carried out on St Peter’s Bridge, meaning HGVs can continue to access the town into the future. Waterproofing and resurfacing work was undertaken.

The works on the bridge itself were completed in November 2017.


St Peter’s Bridge History

Construction of St Peter’s Bridge began in 1983 and it was opened in 1984.

The bridge is 800 metres long.

Each day 24,000 vehicles pass across the bridge.

Along the road over St Peters Bridge there are five structures – Pumphouse Viaduct, flood relief culverts, Stapenhill Underpass, St Peters Bridge and St Peters footbridge. Maintenance will be carried out on all five structures.

There are 80 bearings in total supporting Pumphouse Viaduct and St Peters Bridge to allow the bridge’s decks to move relative to their supports.

The bridge decks were designed to move under traffic loading and also expand and contract given variations in temperature. The multiple types of bearing used have different functions to allow movement and rotation in specific directions.

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