The Council has provided a progress update on the repair scheme to the Iron Tram Bridge near Robertstown, which is taking place away from the site.
The bridge, which is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, was removed last year to be sympathetically restored off site. The bridge was in poor condition before receiving further damage during the unprecedented weather of Storm Dennis. Scheduled Monument consent was received from Cadw to carry out the repairs in consideration of the bridge’s cultural and historical significance.
Following the removal of the bridge in October 2021, the works programme outlined that the structure would be returned and reinstalled this year – with the Public Right of Way over the bridge being reopened in summer 2022.
However, the Council can confirm that the programme has been delayed after the specialist contractor found that the bridge’s condition is far worse than was previously thought. With the approval of Cadw, the various bridge elements have undergone extensive testing and a new scheme is now being designed.
This will provide the best solution for the deteriorated bridge beams, with the cultural importance and the heritage of the structure as a key consideration. There will be further consultation as this new scheme progresses.
In the meantime, the Council’s appointed contractor (Walters Ltd) will return to site in early September 2022, to complete scour repairs to the abutments of the structure. The Council is working towards providing a temporary footbridge to reopen the Public Right of Way while the new scheme is developed – further details will be provided in due course.
The Council will keep residents up-to-date with the progress made. Thanks to local residents for your cooperation.
Posted on 19/08/2022