Phase 3 covers the construction of a bridge over Summer Lane to remove the existing convoluted section of the E4 route between Exhibition Fields and Bettysmead Playing Fields.
Summer Lane crossing
The existing cycle route over Summer Lane is not direct and it has steep gradients and tight corners. To overcome these issues, a new pedestrian and cycle bridge is proposed over Summer Lane, north of the existing railway bridge.
This proposed bridge will link the existing paths to the east and west of Summer Lane, whilst also maintaining the existing pedestrian facilities.
The bridge is planned to be a bow warren truss, 3.5m wide (inside) and 18m long, with access ramps accessible to all kinds of users. The parapets will be at least 1.4m high. The western approach ramp will run parallel with the existing path with a gradient of 1 in 20 and will tie in with the existing path approximately 50m west of the bridge. The eastern ramp will be approximately 40m long with a maximum gradient of 1 in 40 and will be aligned to the south of the skate park, tying directly into the end of the existing path to the south of the Arena car park.
The existing Western Power Distribution compound which is currently located off the existing path to the west of Summer Lane will be relocated further north so that it accessed directly off Summer Lane.
The construction of this section is expected to start in autumn/winter 2019.
During construction, traffic management and road closures will be required for the safety of the public and the construction operatives. Any closures will be signed on site at least 7 days in advance. The school grounds will be securely fenced off from the works. When necessary, the skate park will need to be closed to avoid any potential conflict between users of the skate park and construction work. Notices detailing dates for the anticipated closures of the skate park will be set up prior to the closure being set up.
The tree and hedge planting will be undertaken at a suitable time of year following the completion of the main civil works.