Penrith footbridge to be replaced

Date: Monday 10th April 2017
Footbridge connecting Castletown with the town centre which is to be replaced
Footbridge connecting Castletown with the town centre which is to be replaced

A FOOTBRIDGE connecting the Penrith suburb of Castletown with the town centre is to be replaced.

Work to replace the rusting bridge will begin on 21st April and it is expected it will be competed by 8th August. The project will involve the removal of the existing bridge and installation of a new steel structure by Story Contracting.

The bridge provides a link over the west coast main line between the Gilwilly industrial estate and Booths supermarket.

The closure was agreed with Eden Council and a drop-in session was held at in the cafe at Booths on Thursday, when there was an opportunity to talk to members of the project team.

Full weekend working will take place from 9pm on Friday, 26th May, until 9am on Tuesday, 30th May, which will result in the closure of part of the main line. In addition to usual working hours, operations will continue every Saturday night from 29th April until 8th July, between 9pm and 9am.

A Network Rail spokesman said: “Safety is our number one priority and for this reason work of this type must be carried out while trains are not running.

“Under our licence conditions we are contractually obliged to work, whenever possible, at times that cause the least disruption to train services. Unfortunately, this means carrying out a lot of our improvements during the night and at weekends.

“The equipment we use means some disturbance is unavoidable, but we will make every effort to minimise any unnecessary noise.

“Furthermore, those working on site are briefed on working responsibly in the local community.”

The exact history of the bridge is unclear as Network Rail records only go far back as the late 1950s, but the present structure was in use before then.