Date confirmed for Humber Bridge footpath reopening

Date confirmed for Humber Bridge footpath reopening

Date confirmed for Humber Bridge footpath reopening

The Humber Bridge footpaths are set to reopen to the public tomorrow morning, Thursday 6 May, at 5am.

The closure was announced last month after  a number of people sadly decided to end their lives at the bridge

A spokesperson called the ‘unprecedented’ increase “unlike anything we have previously dealt with”.

The Humber Bridge Board already spends a quarter of a million pounds each year on measures designed to prevent emotionally distressed individuals from ending their lives at the bridge.

Now, a number of additional measures have since been put in place to allow the walkways to reopen safely.

An upgraded CCTV system has been put in place, and a well-being hub, run jointly by Mind and The Bearded Fishermen, is set to open today.

There will also be more volunteers on the bridge.

The walkways will be accessible between 5am and 9pm everyday following the reopening. Anyone wishing to access the bridge outside these hours will need to contact the Humber Bridge Board directly.

Emma Hardy, MP for Hull West and Hessle, has been liasing with the Humber Bridge Board. She said:

“I agree with the many comments I have received about the bridge that say we need a physical solution too and so I will continue to meet regularly with the Chair for progress updates on this.

“I also agree with the many comments people have made about the general need for more mental health support and investment I promise to keep raising this in parliament.

“I would like to thank the Humber Bridge Board for how quickly they have acted following the closure and in particular the staff who work on the Humber Bridge for the work they do everyday to try and keep us safe.”