40 Steps pedestrian bridge replacement in Taunton opens tomorrow

This is The West Country: The new bridge during its construction. The new bridge during its construction.

PEOPLE in the Rowbarton area of Taunton will be able to cross a ‘short cut’ bridge to get into town again.

A new footbridge over the railway line at Chip Lane opens to pedestrians tomorrow (Wednesday, July 16), replacing the 40 Steps bridge which was dismantled last November.

The finishing touches to a ramped access suitable for wheelchair users, cyclists and pushchairs are expected to be complete by September.

Cllr Harvey Siggs, Somerset County Council cabinet member for highways, said: “I am really pleased to see the footbridge at Chip Lane opening for pedestrian use.

“Not only is this brilliant for local people to have better access to the town centre restored but it also represents a step forward for the Northern Inner Distributor Road (NIDR) scheme.”

The NIDR is a £22million project providing a link from Priory Avenue to Staplegrove Road, easing congestion in the town centre and opening up access to the Firepool development site, creating jobs and new homes.

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1:13pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Somerset_BTGOG says...

It's not finished!
It's not finished! Somerset_BTGOG
  • Score: -5

9:51pm Wed 16 Jul 14

boliston says...

Somerset_BTGOG wrote:
It's not finished!
...as stated in paragraph 3
[quote][p][bold]Somerset_BTGOG[/bold] wrote: It's not finished![/p][/quote]...as stated in paragraph 3 boliston
  • Score: 7

3:38pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Somerset_BTGOG says...

boliston wrote:
Somerset_BTGOG wrote: It's not finished!
...as stated in paragraph 3
My Bad, but I'm sure paragraph 3 wasn't there to beging with.

About time this bridge was opened, if this had been anywhere else in Europe or Asia then it wouldn't have taken anywhere near as long to complete, the Bridge is basicly a bolt together meccano kit so why has it taken so long to get to this day?
[quote][p][bold]boliston[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Somerset_BTGOG[/bold] wrote: It's not finished![/p][/quote]...as stated in paragraph 3[/p][/quote]My Bad, but I'm sure paragraph 3 wasn't there to beging with. About time this bridge was opened, if this had been anywhere else in Europe or Asia then it wouldn't have taken anywhere near as long to complete, the Bridge is basicly a bolt together meccano kit so why has it taken so long to get to this day? Somerset_BTGOG
  • Score: 3

9:34pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Dunfo87 says...

nothing will ever be the old 40steps. some crazy nights across that
nothing will ever be the old 40steps. some crazy nights across that Dunfo87
  • Score: 3

10:30pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Harryhourse says...

Place your bets now on how many sets of traffic lights over the length of this new road !!!!!
Place your bets now on how many sets of traffic lights over the length of this new road !!!!! Harryhourse
  • Score: 4

2:54pm Fri 18 Jul 14

ToytownTim says...

Has anyone counted how many steps the new bridge has?
Has anyone counted how many steps the new bridge has? ToytownTim
  • Score: 3

6:31pm Sat 19 Jul 14

TauntonFirst says...

ToytownTim wrote:
Has anyone counted how many steps the new bridge has?
It's 37!
[quote][p][bold]ToytownTim[/bold] wrote: Has anyone counted how many steps the new bridge has?[/p][/quote]It's 37! TauntonFirst
  • Score: 4

6:22pm Sun 20 Jul 14

boliston says...

39 Steps
39 Steps boliston
  • Score: -1

10:29am Mon 21 Jul 14

Somerset_BTGOG says...

How many did the old one have?
How many did the old one have? Somerset_BTGOG
  • Score: 2

10:58am Tue 22 Jul 14

Thurza says...

Loved the old bridge, used to walk over it to school and get covered in smoke from the steam trains, those were the days!
Loved the old bridge, used to walk over it to school and get covered in smoke from the steam trains, those were the days! Thurza
  • Score: 2
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