If you care about the future of the Kingsweston green iron bridge, please join us at 10am this Sunday 14 January to show your support.
It has been 800 days since this vital – and historic – footbridge was closed to pedestrians by Bristol City Council. Now’s the time to show much the bridge is loved.
Kingsweston iron bridge is a Grade II listed cast iron structure, built circa 1820 by legendary roads engineer John Loudon McAdam (who gave his name to tarmac). It forms the only safe pedestrian link between the Blaise and Kingsweston estates in north Bristol. It was used daily by hundreds of dog walkers, families, schoolchildren and ramblers until it was struck by a high-sided lorry on 4 November 2015. The bridge was swiftly scaffolded by Bristol City Council and closed to pedestrians – and has now remained this way for over 2 years and 2 months. This week marks 800 days since the bridge was last open to foot traffic.
The Facebook group Save the iron bridge – Kingsweston has some 450 members, but campaigners are growing frustrated with the Council’s slow pace and poor communication with locals. The closure affects thousands of residents of Sea Mills, Shirehampton, Coombe Dingle and Lawrence Weston, as well as many visitors from the wider Bristol area.
We are urging anyone who uses or cares about the future of the bridge to join us this Sunday, 10-11am and attach your messages of support to the bridge. Messages will be pinned to the scaffolding around the bridge and then put on display locally.
The timetable is:
From 9.45am Gather on Blaise / Old Inn side of the bridge
10am Councillor Don Alexander to give an update on the Council’s plan
10.15-10.45 Write and pin messages to the hoarding around the bridge – both sides if possible
11am photocall – as many people as possible needed for this!
11.20am Event ends