Barnstaple’s Longbridge lights will be fitted next week

Barnstaple Longbridge at dusk

Posted on: 11 January 2019

Work begins next week to install new lighting on the arches of one of Barnstaple’s most iconic landmarks.

North Devon Council is illuminating the columns of the arches of Barnstaple’s historic Longbridge, as part of a project to improve pedestrian links from the train station to the town. The project has the support of Historic England, Barnstaple Town Centre Management, Barnstaple Town Council and the Barnstaple Coastal Community Team.

On Monday 14 January, local contractors M & E Alarms will begin installing the lights, which will require temporary lane closures on the bridge to allow the work to be carried out safely. The Longbridge will be reduced to one lane from 8am to 6pm for the duration of the work, for a maximum of two weeks.

Executive Member for Economic Regeneration, Councillor Pat Barker, says: “The bridge is going to look fantastic all lit up, it’s one of the town’s most recognisable and photographed landmarks and this project will really enhance the townscape at night. The lane closure will be for a maximum of two weeks, with work expected to be completed sooner. We hope motorists will understand the need to close one of the lanes during the work and hope it doesn’t cause too much disruption.”

Local ward member for Barnstaple Longbridge, Councillor Des Brailey says: “The Longbridge is an important gateway to the town and the new lights will show it off to its full potential. This project will really shine a light on this historic area of the town and further enhance the improvements we are also making to the museum.”

For more information about the project email jo.barnard@northdevon.gov.uk.

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