With the Corporation Road Bridge refurbishment set to go ahead in the summer, a Special Interest group comprised of heritage and historical experts has been formed.
The refurbishment of the bridge, which was built in 1872, will include major structural works and the addition of features to bring the bridge back to its former glory.
The new group will have a say throughout the project, providing historical insight into the key features of the bridge.
Following the first meeting of the group, Councillor Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for environment and transport, said: “It is key that we have the support of these groups and individuals who can bring their knowledge to the project and ensure, as much as possible, that we can deliver a scheme that will capture the key assets of this Grade 2 listed structure.
“The council and ENGIE are fully aware of the local significance this bridge has and the fondness many residents have for it, and we are passionate about delivering a refurbishment scheme that local people are proud of.
“Aside from the aesthetic elements of the works, this bridge is a key strategic part of the highway network, keeping traffic flowing around the town centre, alongside providing maritime access and a pedestrian crossing point over the dock. With this in mind, the structural elements of this work are equally as vital, bringing the bridge up to a good standard for generations to come.”
North East Lincolnshire Council’s regeneration partner, ENGIE, will be project managing and overseeing the refurbishment, with a contractor set to be appointed in the coming months.
Alan Nicholson, Chair of the Grimsby, Cleethorpes & District Civic Society and member of the Special Interest Group, said: “We welcome the chance to be involved in this scheme, especially as Corporation Road Bridge is an iconic structure and known to everyone in the area.
“In the view of our Society, to see it refurbished and in working order would be something to be proud of. Civic Societies across the country, with the support of their members, work for the benefit of the community they represent.”
The Corporation Road Bridge refurbishment scheme is funded by £2.967m from the Department for Transport, £1.83m set aside by the council and a further £170,000 from the Local Transport Fund.