Marriott’s Way in Norfolk could be cut short unless bridge repaired | Latest Norfolk and Suffolk News
Archant Norfolk 2018
A well-liked railway path between Norwich and Aylsham could be cut in half unless a bridge alongside the route is repaired.
Broadland District Council is dealing with a £150,000 invoice to restore the construction which takes the Marriott’s Way path over the River Wensum in Attlebridge.
Cabinet members have been informed at a gathering on Tuesday that the 5m excessive bridge could be eliminated, however it will consequence in the 26-mile route being cut short.
Instead, they have been suggested that it will be cheaper to hold out much-needed repairs.
The bridge is one in all a number of alongside Marriott’s Way and the Bure Valley Railway which required work in the subsequent 5 to 10 years.
Repairs are estimated to price Broadland District Council round £640,000 in complete.
But Stuart Clancy, cupboard member for financial growth, mentioned it was not simply Broadland which had an curiosity in bridge upkeep on each routes.
He urged approaching Norfolk County Council and North Norfolk District Council in regard to sharing the prices.
While Broadland owns a part of the Marriott’s Way route as much as the western aspect of the bridge in Attlebridge, the remainder is owned by the county council.
Mr Clancy mentioned: “I’m fairly certain Norfolk County Council wouldn’t wish to see Marriott’s Way end the place the bridge ends.
“There is an element of cost sharing.”
Cabinet members have been informed footbridge in Hoveton additionally wanted to be eliminated and changed, costing round £120,000.
The construction gives protected entry to the centre of the village from the primary line station, however is quickly deteriorating.
Despite the bridge being owned by Broadland, it’s inside North Norfolk’s jurisdiction.
Mr Clancy added: “I appreciate they [the councils] might not willingly say ‘thank you very much, here is the money’, but they do have an interest in these bridges.”
Major repairs embody re-waterproofing, restore of girders which have rusted, and re-painting iron and metal members to forestall future rusting.
Broadland owns 24 bridges alongside each of the previous railway traces.
Cabinet members agreed that extra correct costing have been wanted for the excessive precedence repairs.
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