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Rock Park Railway Bridge – emergency closure

railway bridge crossing a river


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

We have appointed a contractor (Dyer & Butler) to carry out their own structural assessment of the bridge and its defects in order to provide a proposal for how they will safely repair the defects.

Once we are satisfied with the proposal for making the bridge safe (and the proposal for the repair itself) the work will get underway.

Our news centre article can be found here which includes comments from Councillor Stuart Hughes and Councillor Caroline Leaver.

Proposed solution

Details on the methodology and proposed solution will be updated once the proposal for making the bridge safe has been accepted.

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.

Red demonstrate the bridge closure