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The project team for the Tram Bridge includes architect Studio John Bridge. Credit: via Preston City Council

CGIs released for Preston’s £7m Old Tram Bridge replacement

Eric Wright Civil Engineering is finalising the design for the Levelling Up Fund project, which will connect the city centre with South Ribble when it completes in spring 2025.

This new bridge has been designed for pedestrians, cyclists, and horse riders. It will replace the current structure, which has been closed since 2019 due to safety concerns. The Old Tram Bridge, as it is known, was built in 1802 and restored in the 20th century but has since had several issues that have raised concerns over its stability.

Preston City Council, which is delivering the bridge alongside project manager Lancashire County Council, is aiming to begin construction this summer.

This, of course, is if the project can secure planning permission.

Funding for the £6.6m scheme comes from the city council’s £20m Levelling Up Fund award from the Department of Levelling Up, Housing, and Communities. Lancashire County Council has also financially contributed to the project.

Eric Wright is working with architect Studio John Bridge, Bowland Ecology, Smith & Love Consultants, Harris Engineering, DYCE Structural Engineers, and Jacobs to craft the design to ensure the bridge not only works with the flow of the River Ribble it spans but also minimally impacts the surrounding environment.

Community group Friends of the Old Tram Bridge has also been consulted on the project.

According to the project team, the estimated lifetime for this new bridge will be 120 years.

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