Sustrans Connect 2 cash will help pay for replacement bridge

Using its own money and cash allocated to Sustrans’ Connect2 project, West Sussex County Council has awarded a contract for the design and build of a new footbridge in Shoreham.

The new bridge for pedestrians and cyclists will be a replacement for the existing ageing bridge on Shoreham High Street, which is owned by the County Council.

“The existing footbridge was built in the 1920s and is coming to the end of its life,” said Lionel Barnard, County Council Deputy Leader with responsibility for Highways and Transport.

“The new footbridge will secure the link between Shoreham Beach and Shoreham town centre for many years to come, providing a sustainable harbour crossing for both pedestrians and cyclists.”

The contract, worth up to £4 million, has been awarded to civil engineering firm Osborne.

The scheme is part of Sustrans’ Connect2 project, which is developing new walking and cycling routes across the UK. The project was awarded £50 million in 2007 by the Big Lottery Fund, after it won the “People’s Millions” competition.

Simon Pratt, Regional Director for Sustrans, said: “The link across the harbour is an immensely popular route in Shoreham. We are delighted to be able to ensure that future generations will be able to get safely from the town centre to the beach. We are looking forward to working with local residents as we begin to deliver the new bridge.”

It’s hoped the new footbridge will be open to the public in spring 2013. A public consultation on the plans will be held next year.