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Rock Park Railway Bridge – emergency closure

What we are doing

The 133-year-old former railway bridge was closed last month (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 section.

Further investigations are continuing as the County Council’s bridges and structures team draw up stabilisation and repair plans for the bridge which now carries the shared pedestrian and cycle path over the River Taw.

Stabilisation of the bridge must take place before repair works can commence; this will be a complex operation in a challenging environment and specialist equipment is expected to be needed.

Our news centre article can be found here, which include comments from Councillor Stuart Hughes and Councillor John Mathews.

A map of the diversion route

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.