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Big new city footbridge to be escorted alongside A180 and into Grimsby by police

The new footbridge, 30 m long and 5 m wide, which will span the Freshney River in Grimsby’s Garth Lane, will be transported into town next week.

A police escort through north and north-east Lincolnshire is required to escort the 37m-long transporter on which the main frame of the bridge will sit. Its masts and decorations are carried separately.

After its manufacture in North Yorkshire, it was painted on the designer SH Structures Ltd’s premises in Scunthorpe, where a large unit was found to accommodate it.

When painting is complete, due to the need for a police escort, the trip will be carried out in two stages over Monday and Tuesday with a route along the A180 and a return route into Garth Lane. Households that have to move parked vehicles are notified directly by the specialist forwarding agent.

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The huge new 30m footbridge on Garth Lane

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The bridge is then brought into position with a required huge crane. However, it will be a few more weeks to open and some major installation work will be required. Until then, the main diversion of the footpath remains with people who are reminded to follow the signposted route.

“What a sight it will be,” said North East Lincolnshire Council Chairman Cllr Philip Jackson.

“It is fantastic to have received the grant to help us do all of this work and with the recent budget announcement for the Towns Fund, that work continues,” added Cllr Jackson, who pointed out how the grant funds were only secured and secured for this project.

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As previously reported, work is well underway to regenerate this area, which is part of the Grimsby Heritage Action Zone (HAZ), amounting to £ 3.5 million. In addition to the bridge, there was concrete seating with granite cladding and steps to the water, landscaping, new seating including fish banks upcycled from the old willow tree, and new paving slabs decorated with wind turbine blades reflecting the city’s growing renewable energy energy sector.

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The work on Garth Lane, managed by Engie on behalf of the council, is backed by £ 1.3 million raised through the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership from the Local Growth Fund as part of the government’s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse and The Department of Security will secure housing, community and local government with funds that have been released as a result of the Grimsby Town Deal.

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