Restoration cash for Yarmouth bridge

AN eyesore bridge in Great Yarmouth – which provides a walkway link from the railway station to the town centre - has been awarded �295,000 towards the first phase of restoration.

The award for the Vauxhall Bridge Improvement Scheme has been approved by the Big Lottery Local Fair Share panel.

The local panel recommended approval because the project fits in with the local Fair Share Trusts priorities, aims and objectives which include: provision of good footpaths and cycle ways, to develop/improve Vauxhall Bridge and its surroundings.

The cast iron bridge is Grade 2 listed and was opened in 1852 and modified in 1886 to take railway locomotives, when the present footbridge was also added.

The bridge was closed to vehicles in 1953, although the footbridge is still used by pedestrians and cyclists.

Vauxhall Bridge is the only surviving major bridge in the country to have been strengthened in the 19th century by complete alteration in its structural form. Its listing describes it as “a rare survival of a wrought-iron railway bridge with significant early steel strengthening.”