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Update from Doncaster Council on Newton Ings Bridge – demolition work to start soon

Newton Ings Bridge

Newton Ings Bridge is a 42 metre long concrete bridge, west of Doncaster Prison, which carries public footpath number 5 Sprotbrough over the River Don. The footpath starts at the bottom of steps on Marshgate, crosses the River Cheswold, and passes the prison before crossing Newton Ings Bridge and continuing alongside the river towards Newton and Sprotbrough. An alternative footpath exists that provides access to Newton and Sprotbrough.  This footpath follows the River Don between St Marys Bridge and the west side of the Newton Ings Bridge. 

Click here to see a map showing an alternate route to Doncaster avoiding Newton Ings Bridge

The bridge is beyond its useful and design life and requires demolition. Options to retain the existing structure are not viable. The bridge is potentially dangerous, therefore, in the interest of the health and safety of the public the footpath is subject to a temporary closure to safeguard the public. Work to remove the bridge is due to commence within the next two weeks (subject to weather and a normal river level).  Once the work commences there will be no public access across the bridge.  

Notices of the bridge removal and alternative route will be displayed on site. The alternative route has been assessed for accessibility and minor works undertaken to improve its’ condition in anticipation of an increased level of usage.

A replacement bridge will be constructed at the latest in Spring 2020

Issued: 20 June 2019.

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