Covered walkway opens over Cocker Bridge

Covered walkway opens over Cocker Bridge

Covered walkway opens over Cocker Bridge

A lit covered walkway is now open across the river Cocker bridge.

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Cumberland Council’s highways team started work on the walkway yesterday (Wednesday 11 October). The new temporary walkway provides access for pedestrian and cyclists.

Covered walkway opens over Cocker Bridge

Matt Le Voi, Isabelle (6), Finnley (4) from Brigham. Credit Suzanne Elsworth

The bridge is currently closed to vehicles, as a precautionary measure, following the partial collapse of the Old Courthouse building on Sunday 8 October.

Temporary traffic lights have been installed in Kirkgate and the on street parking in this area has been suspended to help manage the flow of traffic within the town.

Cumberland Council spokesperson said:

“We want to keep the traffic moving and keep the town connected.

“Cockermouth is open for business and the new covered walkway provides access across the Cocker bridge. Please continue to support local traders and visit the town.”

A 3D LiDAR building survey was undertaken on Thursday 12 October. This assessed the building and the bridge to help inform the next steps.

Works already undertaken include the fencing off the river embankment in the potential drop zone and screening has been installed on the bridge.

Discussions are ongoing with key partners including the owner of the building.

Cumberland Council is continuing to support affected residents and businesses.

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