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Rock Park Railway Bridge – emergency closure

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The 133-year-old former railway bridge was closed in May 2020 for safety reasons after a routine underwater inspection found a structural defect in the large wrought iron columns supporting the bridge in the river channel.

What we are doing

On 25 April the jack-up barge, which had been assembled next to the museum, was moved upriver and positioned next to the bridge. The jack-up barge will partially support the affected bridge spans while the repairs to the piers in the river are underway.

The repairs will involve installing a steel sleeve around each pier in the river to strengthen the piers where defects had been discovered.

An improved surface to the timber deck planks on top will also be installed while the pier repairs are happening.

The repair works are expected to take around 12-13 weeks, but are subject to the weather conditions and tides. Further updates will be provided on timescales and when the bridge is expected to be reopened.

Diversion route

A signed pedestrian/cycle diversion will be in place via Barnstaple Long Bridge. You are advised to allow additional time for your journeys.

We apologise for any inconvenience and will endeavour to undertake repairs to allow the bridge to be reopened as soon as possible.

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