Adur Ferry Bridge works still needed

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SHOREHAM residents have been assured that now the Adur Ferry Bridge is open, it will stay open.

Work is still needed on the wiring, put West Sussex County Council has said there are no current plans to close the bridge following yesterday’s opening ceremony.

A spokesman explained: “Some remedial works will be required following that date.

“This is quite normal and expected on a contract of this type.

“The contract specifically allows for a period under which problems can be corrected by the contractor once the county council has taken over responsibility for the new structure.”

It is very likely an electrical cable will be replaced by Osborne in the near future.

Putting in the new cable will very likely require a partial closure of the bridge deck, the county council said, meaning the width will be reduced near the centre span for a short period of time.

Details of this will be available in the near future.

The official opening ceremony, during which the Duke of Gloucester was due to unveil the name plaque, was set to take place yesterday, after the Herald went to press.

See next week’s Herald for a special report on the bridge opening celebrations.

The Adur Ferry Bridge is an improved route for pedestrians and cyclists between Shoreham Beach, the town centre and Shoreham railway station.

This new route links up with the National Cycle Network.