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Bridge Transported To Whitby's East Pier

Bridge Transported To Whitby's East Pier

Published by Karen Liu with contributions by Local Democracy Reporter Carl Gavaghan at 10:19am 24th January 2020. (Updated at 12:39pm 24th January 2020)

The transportation of the new East Pier Bridge in Whitby has taken place.

It went from Endeavour Wharf by a jack-up barge.

The next stage will be to lift the bridge into place, to link the East Pier to the East Pier extension. 

The bridge returns after almost 20 years. 

The original East Pier footbridge was removed in 2001 because of damage caused by the sea but yesterday its £300,000 replacement was craned into place.

The footbridge weighs 9 tonnes and is 27 metres long.

The process of installing the footbridge between the end of the East Pier and the pier extension and works to the extension will take place during the next month when weather and sea conditions for the complex operation are more favourable.

Once the work is finished, the footbridge will be opened to allow people to walk all the way to the end of the pier extension.

The footbridge was constructed by Lochshell Engineering in Wick, Scotland.

It has been funded by the Marine Management Organisation’s (MMO) European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF), Scarborough Borough Council and Whitby Town Council.

The Grade II listed East and West piers enclose the mouth of the River Esk where it flows into the North Sea and were built in the 18th Century from sandstone, while extensions and footbridges were added in the early 20th Century.

A recent £9m scheme to secure the long-term future of the piers has recently been completed as if they were ever to fail, hundreds of homes and businesses could be flooded, causing millions of pounds of damage.

Whitby East Pier bridge
Credit: Chris Burrows, Deputy Harbour Master
Whitby East Pier bridge
Credit: Chris Burrows, Deputy Harbour Master
Whitby East Pier bridge
Credit: Chris Burrows, Deputy Harbour Master
Whitby East Pier bridge
Credit: Chris Burrows, Deputy Harbour Master

 

 

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