Boothferry Bridge repairs prompt public consultation

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Repair work will focus on the mechanism which allows the bridge to swing open

An 81-year-old swing bridge in East Yorkshire is to undergo its first major repair work since the 1980s.

Boothferry Bridge, which carries the A614 over the River Ouse between Goole and Howden, is in need of essential work, said East Riding Council.

Work will include the renewal of the operating system which enables the bridge to swing open.

Bridge users are being asked to contact the council to help minimise disruption to the local community during the work.

Matthew Grove, the council's portfolio holder for highways and emergency planning, said: "This will be the first significant repair project in 30 years for the bridge.

"We understand that this bridge is important to the local community and people who use it every day.

"That is why the council has planned this project to ensure the bridge remains in a good state to provide a route over the river for decades to come.

"We hope that people will come forward now and talk to us as we plan these essential works so we can keep the disruption caused to a minimum."

The bridge, which was originally built in the late 1920s to replace the ferry across the river, is a steel structure comprising six main spans including a large swing span that swings open to allow shipping to pass through.

Bridge users or members of the local community who would like to give their views are asked to contact project manager John McCann on 01482 395653 or by email at

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