Saxilby footbridge and railings refurbishment

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West Lindsey District Council commissioned some improvement works to the Saxilby footbridge, which crosses the Fossdyke, which took place from July 2023 to December 2023.  

The steel footbridge, which was gifted to the village by British Rail in 1986 was removed from the location for five months, to undergo much needed refurbishment.

The bridge was lifted by crane and taken to a workshop for the work to be carried out by approved contractor, Universal Coatings UK, before being lifted back into place.

The project links to Our Place theme in our Corporate Plan. To create a safer, cleaner district in which to live, work and socialise. Upgrading the appearance of Saxilby footbridge will ensure a high level of quality is maintained throughout the village.

Full refurbishment process of Saxilby Footbridge

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Sepiatone photograph of Saxilby Swing Bridge
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In 1987 environmental improvements to the Fossdyke navigation at Saxilby were undertaken in conjunction with several stakeholders including West Lindsey District Council Development & Leisure Services, West Lindsey District Council Environmental Health & Control, Lincolnshire County Council Highways & Planning, Lincolnshire County Council Recreation Services, British Waterways, Saxilby Parish Council and the Countryside Commission.

These works included providing pedestrian access ramps, railings, foundations and siting of a former iron rail bridge (previously located at Newark and gifted by British Rail to Lincolnshire County Council) over the Fossdyke to link the main Bridge Street pedestrian footpath to new visitor moorings, picnic area and existing tow path on the south bank, British Waterways land.

Remedial works on the bridge were carried out in 2011 and works included replacing the timber decking with new anti slip decking, remedial rust treatment where accessible, scraping off loose paint, repainting works and all third party licence and attendance costs.  

Since that time regular inspections of the footbridge have taken place along with any minor repairs works being undertaken.

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Saxilby footbridge and railings refurbishment frequently asked questions

When was the bridge removed?

The bridge was removed from the location on 25 July 2023.

When was the bridge installed back in the village?

It was reinstalled on 28 November 2023.

What work will take place?

The refurbishment work included: shot blasting, rust treatment, steel repairs and bolt replacement, and repainting with a railway grade paint system which will ensure a long life and minimise the length of time between maintenance.

The bridge colour has gone from green to black which was a request of the parish council to compliment the wider plans Saxilby Parish Council has for the area.

How long will the repairs last?

It is anticipated that the remedial works will negate any future works for 15 to 20 years.

Who was the approved contractor?

Universal Coatings UK, based in North Nottinghamshire, was commissioned to carry out the work. They have a wide range of experience in bridge refurbishment working for the rail network and for the canal and rivers trust and we are pleased to have secured their services on this project.

What other partners have we worked with?

 The other partners we have worked with are:

  • John Peberdy Partnership
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Emprocom
  • Health and safety consultants
  • Peter Cole Consultants, Structural Engineers
  • Saxilby Parish Council