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Professor Kevin Edge cuts the ribbon at the bridge opening
Professor Kevin Edge cuts the ribbon at the bridge opening
The ceremony took place in front of a gathering of staff, local residents and Bath skyline walkers.
The ceremony took place in front of a gathering of staff, local residents and Bath skyline walkers.

Press Release - 14 October 2008

University celebrates re-opening of Quarry Road bridge

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath, Professor Kevin Edge, has cut the ribbon at the official opening of the new Quarry Road footbridge on the University’s Claverton campus.

The ceremony took place on Tuesday 14 October in front of a gathering of staff, students, local residents and Bath skyline walkers.

The original footbridge was built in the late 1960s when Quarry Road was created. Over time the timber bridge reached the end of its natural life, became rotten, and due to health and safety concerns, needed to be taken down.

Costing around £150,000 the new steel bridge is a significant improvement, with access for wheelchair users and room for large vehicles to pass underneath.

The location of the bridge is in an area of Special Scientific Interest. Around the footpath, there is evidence of the geological strata of limestone.

As a result, the University had to contact Natural England for their permission to rebuild the bridge on the site.

Martyn Whalley, Acting Director of Estates for the University of Bath, explains: “Its replacement has been complicated by the need to protect surrounding vegetation and wildlife, as well as the protected geological rock formation it rests upon which was designated a site of Special Scientific Interest by Natural England in 1990.

“There is also a badger set close to the bridge abutment and the cutting contains many wild flowers and species.”

Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath, Professor Kevin Edge, added: “We are delighted the new Quarry Road Bridge is now in place.

“It links existing public and University footpaths around the perimeter of our campus creating a fantastic recreational resource for the whole community.

“I’m sure that in the coming years it will be very well used by students, staff and local residents alike.”


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