‘Gateway’ bridge reopens after repair work

REPAIRS have been completed on a bridge which forms ‘the gateway’ to Sheffield’s Five Weirs Walk through the Don Valley.

The Cobweb Bridge, which hangs beneath the old Victoria Station viaduct, was closed earlier in the year after its timber-deck surface was showing signs of rot.

The bridge, which was shut on safety grounds, has now reopened following the repairs funded by the Five Weirs Trust in one of its last projects before the organisation is wound up.

Lisa Judson, who chairs the trust, said: “The Cobweb Bridge is a vital gateway and link to the Five Weirs and Trans Pennine Trail.

“This seemed a very appropriate way of using the money left in our bank account and we are grateful to the council’s contractors Amey for carrying out the work quickly and efficiently.”

Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield Council cabinet member for environment, recycling and streetscene, said: “The bridge forms the gateway to the Five Weirs walk from Sheffield city centre.

“What a fantastic Christmas present from the Five Weirs Trust to have the repairs completed. I know people across the city will be delighted that the bridge is open again, just as I am.”

The distinctive bridge which hangs from the Wicker Viaduct on steel wires was opened in 2004.

It was first closed due to repeated theft of metal cables forming the safety rails in 2008. These were replaced by low value materials to reduce theft.

The bridge is held in place by a lattice-work of suspension and tensioning cables. The structure sits over the waters of the Don and below the railway arches.