Sussex

Shoreham swing bridge nearing completion

A £10m footbridge under construction in Shoreham is expected to open in September.

The swing bridge connects the town to Shoreham Beach and replaces an older structure that could not economically be repaired.

During the project, the original budget of £5.8m nearly doubled to £9.8m.

West Sussex County Council is running a competition inviting people to name the new bridge with the winner to be chosen in June.

'Hostile environment'

The winner will receive a tour of the bridge and also have a chance to operate the opening swing section.

Project manager Tony Bathmaker said the old bridge had been in place since 1921 in "a pretty hostile environment".

He said the old bridge was affected by tides, a fast-flowing river, and foundations that had "taken a pounding" over the years.

"Simply put, we can't really repair it now economically, and it is time to replace it with the new bridge which is what we're doing," he said.

Mr Bathmaker said the new design was much simpler, with half the number of foundations, which reduced the flood risk, and a swing section for river traffic.

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