Bridge over River Freshney removed

Bridge over River Freshney removed

Bridge over River Freshney removed

The footbridge between Grimsby’s Riverhead with Garth Lane, over the River Freshney was removed this morning in the first stage of a major redevelopment.

Last month, North East Lincolnshire Council unveiled plans for a new bridge over the River Freshney.

Designed for both cyclists and pedestrians, the five-metre-wide structure will symbolise “Great Grimsby’s past and a gateway to its future,” according to the council.

The removal took place ahead of foundation work taking place and the new bridge due to be added over the next six months.

It is understood that the existing bridge, which was first installed in the 1980s, will be reused in the £3.5m development.

Councillor John Fenty called the event “a great step forward in two key areas of regeneration taking place at Riverhead and Garth Lane.”

“These are exciting times and pave the way for a link to the town centre where we have ambitious plans for the regeneration of the western end of Freshney Place,” he continued.

“We have a bid in for a share of the Government’s Future High Streets Fund which could bring in £25million. Hopefully we will get a thumbs up for that.

“This will link in with the transformation of St James’ Square, which all-in-all will bring more people into the town centre and make people feel safer and more secure and attract many more people to our wonderful town centre.”

The bridge will be complimented by new paving, lighting, landscaping, tiered areas down to the water and fish-shaped benches.

It is set to be complete by March.

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