Kingsweston iron bridge is a Grade II listed footbridge in north Bristol, constructed between 1800 and 1820 by the roads engineer John Loudon McAdam (the pioneer of tarmac). It is the only pedestrian connection between the historic Blaise and Kingsweston estates, which are used by hundreds of joggers, families, dog walkers and nature lovers every day.
On 4 November 2015, the bridge was hit by a high-sided lorry, which smashed through a section of the cast iron supports and drove on without stopping. As the lorry was unidentified, no insurance claim could be made. Within 48 hours, the bridge had been scaffolded and closed to pedestrians by Bristol City Council.
Since then, hundreds of local people have been waiting for it to be repaired and reopen. So far, we have been waiting for well over 2 years – or 800 days.
The bridge lies in a conservation area, but crosses a very busy road – Kingsweston Road – which is an arterial route in and out of the city during rush hour.
The closure of the bridge has forced pedestrians to cross Kingsweston Road at street level – with cars racing round bends at speed in both directions. It is a highly dangerous situation which seems certain to lead to a casualty, or worse.
We are calling on Bristol City Council to prioritise the repair of this vital local amenity and heritage asset, and to publish a timetable ensuring it reopens in the 2018 financial year.