Councillors to be updated on Castlerock footbridge

Councillors to be updated on Castlerock footbridge

Councillors will be updated next week on the status of the proposed repairs to Castlerock Footbridge.

In 1996 Coleraine Borough Council entered into a 10,000 year lease with NI Transport Holding Co. (NITHC) for the upkeep of the footbridge at Castlerock Railway Station.

In 2017 Council approved the contract for the removal and assessment of the bridge with a view to ascertaining can it be restored and at what cost.

The Council report reads "In the 2018 NIEA had their consultant assess and confirm that the bridge was capable of being restored and put back in place. Since then the NIEA consultant has worked with Council and our structural engineer to develop a programme of repairs which satisfy both NIEA and Translink.

Unfortunately, the Covid outbreak has meant that over a year has been lost on this project as consultants furloughed staff and site visits were not possible. However, a repair strategy has now been developed and a report has been sent to Translink for their input and approval. As the bridge is going over a live railway line Council cannot proceed until Translink are satisfied with the assessment and repair details. NIEA will also need to approve the proposed work. Tendering, repair and reinstallation should take approximately 4 to 5 months from when we get approval from both Translink and NIEA."

The recommendation is that the Environmental Services Committee notes the above information.

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