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29 September 2022

New Gooseholme Bridge to officially open

Cumbria County Council is pleased to announce that Gooseholme Bridge will officially open on Friday 14 October.

The community will have their first opportunity to set foot on the new structure, in Kendal, from noon onwards, following the official opening ceremony which starts at 11am.

Cumbria County Council, working with contractor Story Contracting Ltd and in partnership with an extensive specialised project team, oversaw the installation of the 55-tonne structure in July, the bridge spans 42-metres across the river Kent.

The £2 million project to construct this replacement footbridge was delivered by Cumbria County Council with funding partners: the Environment Agency, South Lakeland District Council, and Sustrans.

The new Gooseholme bridge creates a fully accessible traffic-free link to Kendal town centre. It also repairs an important link for National Cycle Route 6 between Lancaster and Carlisle.

Sustrans is leading a £77m England-wide programme, supported by the Department for Transport, to enhance the National Cycle Network. The programme is delivering over 150 transformative projects which improve over 300km of the Network, to make walking and cycling safer and more accessible for everyone.

Cllr Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said:

“The bridge opening will be a significant milestone in reconnecting the local community with parts of Kendal and the park, it is an impressive new bridge structure which will last for many years to come.

“This single span bridge that will be fully accessible to all bridge users, providing shared access for pedestrians, cyclists, and wheelchair users.

“I would like to thank the Kendal community for their patience and support for this project, funding partners: the Environment Agency, South Lakeland District Council, and Sustrans, and also the team behind this work - Story Contracting, Adey and our project team at the county council.”

Cllr Jonathan Brook, Leader of South Lakeland District Council, said:

"South Lakeland District Council is delighted that the replacement Gooseholme footbridge is in place and will soon be open and once again linking the two popular common land areas at New Road and Gooseholme.

"This is a vital connection for the community, and we thought it so important that Cabinet was very supportive of approving a contribution of £75,000 towards the project, using money from our Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), which we target at supporting key infrastructure schemes.

"The design of the new bridge gives the added benefit of improved and traffic-free access and connectivity for pedestrians, cyclists and wheelchair users - boosting sustainable transport choices and creating a more efficient transport network in Kendal.

"The project shows the benefits of authorities and agencies working together and I look forward to seeing the bridge being well-used for many decades to come."



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Cumbria County Council is pleased to announce that Gooseholme Bridge will officially open on Friday 14 October.