Off site production allowed us to continue with this project during the lock down. Once restrictions were eased the existing bridge was removed and the foundations upgraded by CRL working for Kent Highways, before the new bridge was installed in June.
KCC Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, and Member for Tonbridge, Michael Payne said:
“This work was carried out to provide a strengthened and refurbished bridge to ensure it continues to be safe river crossing for the public to use.
“The original deck was made from railway rails with a type of expanded metal mesh reinforcement, but unfortunately it wasn’t able to handle the number of people using it.
“This new bridge provides a durable low maintenance solution compared to traditional solutions, especially in the damp environment above the river.
“The lightweight nature of FRP means installation is faster, simpler and safer and inspection and maintenance in the future will be considerably simpler.