Bridge set to be finished by end of the month

Filey Bridge refurbishment .Picture Richard Ponter 140523a
Filey Bridge refurbishment .Picture Richard Ponter 140523a

Work on refurbishing the landmark Victorian bridge at Bridge Hole in Filey is all set to be completed on schedule by the end of this month.

The bridge, which dates back to 1894, is being stripped down and rebuilt as part of a £65,000 renovation project.

Cllr Mike Cockerill, who fought for years for the work to be carried out, said: “It’s coming along well and is on track to be finished by the end of February.

“The machinery has been brought in to lift up the shuttering, which will allow concrete to be poured in.

“The old steelwork is being removed to allow any damage on the supporting stone and brickwork to be repaired.

“The original cast iron balustrade will be put back on, with some repairs, and new handrails will be added which are being made to look like the original.”

He added: “When it’s finished I think it’ll look really nice. In my opinion it’ll look better than it has done in a few years.

“Some repair work was done between the wars, and I think they’d tried to make it look like the original, but they didn’t go as far as we’re doing now.”

The colour scheme will be very similar to the previous one, but the main beams will be in battleship grey, a similar colour to that of the concrete deck. The handrails and the façade will be blue. It is hoped the weather will hold for the next few weeks so work can continue as planned.