Press release

Video: New footbridge installed on the A27 near Chichester

Highways England has released a time-lapse video of a new footbridge installed on the A27 near Chichester, West Sussex.

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The £3.22 million bridge was installed following months of preparation and will be opened to the public in the coming weeks. It will provide a safe crossing for walkers, cyclists, residents and school children.

Footbridge installation over A27

Peter Phillips, Highways England Asset Manager said:

This new footbridge will provide pedestrians with a safe way to cross the busy A27. It will link communities south of the A27 with Chichester town centre, and help improve access to the leisure facilities and walking routes south of the A27. It will also be a key link to and from the new Chichester Free School. After months of planning the bridge has been successfully lifted into place. Installing the bridge deck is one of the final milestones, and we’re looking forward to opening the footbridge soon.

The bridge took 26 weeks to build with up to 14 people per day working on it in the factory. Meanwhile the team in Chichester have been busy creating the supports for the bridge and the access to the new ramps, which will be installed over the next couple of weeks.

Ian Spellacey, Highways Services Director, Balfour Beatty said:

Working together with Highways England, West Sussex Council and our contractor Interserve over the last 6 years, BBMM is proud to deliver a footbridge that connects communities and enhances the built environment.

The bridge, which weighs in at 41 tonnes and is 41 metres long, was transported from the manufacturer in Cardiff to Chichester on Friday 19 June. It was escorted by 4 police vehicles during its journey to Chichester.

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Published 13 July 2015