Work to improve safety, while retaining character of footbridge approved

Work is required at Gully Road Footbridge because the parapet walls were assessed as not providing enough protection to prevent people falling several metres to the ground below

Gully Road Bridge

Island Roads is next month due to begin work on a scheme that satisfies the need to make a Seaview bridge safer for pedestrians while at the same time preserving its historic character.

Work is required at Gully Road Footbridge because the parapet walls were assessed as not providing enough protection to prevent people falling several metres to the ground below.

Concern over additional railings
Some local residents were however concerned that installing additional railings to improve safety would detract from the traditional appearance of the brick-built arched structure.

Gully Road Bridge

But following local discussions Island Roads has come up with a solution to dig out material from the footway to restore the original levels and, in effect, increase the height of the existing parapet.

Protecting character while improving safety
Ian Hodson, Island Roads structures manager, said:

“We have to ensure that the structures for which we are responsible do not pose an unacceptable risk to those using them.

“But doing that can provide us with challenges as it is not easy to apply modern safety standards to older structures that were built well before such standards were put in place.

“We are pleased to have been able to work with the local community to come up with a scheme that protects the character of this footbridge but also improves the safety of those using it.”

Barry: Delighted
Cllr Reg Barry, IW Council member for Nettlestone and Seaview, said:

“I am delighted that Island Roads has come up with a solution that takes into account local opinion, local history and the safety of bridge users.”

Built over 100 years ago, the footbridge links Solent View Road, Gully Road and Seagrove Bay.


News shared by Anna on behalf of Island Roads. Ed

Friday, 12th June, 2020 9:15am

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3 Comments on "Work to improve safety, while retaining character of footbridge approved"

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ukdave

In 100 years, zero people have fallen off that bridge. But yeah let’s ruin it anyway and waste a load of money…

tosh
Dave you answered the question I was going to ask thanks .Are Island Roads doing this because they cant or wont do there main work which is to repair the roads on the Island .One of the main routes on to the Island is York ave in East Cowes they are doing just one short bit of the road but not the worst bit out side osborn… Read more »
happycloud
IWC have to agree to Island Roads programme. It gets submitted, they either say yes or no to the works…. York Avenue has been in the programme more times than any road – they wont grant permission and if IR work on said road the fines run up to 100’s of 1000’s of ££££££. Every structure around the island has to be brought up to a certain… Read more »