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Reconnecting a village after flooding washes away bridge

Pooley Bridge, Cumbria

Unprecedented levels of rainfall caused extensive flooding in the Pooley Bridge area, leading to the collapse of the 18th century bridge.


year old bridge swept away during flooding


weeks to build and launch


span covered


Complex challenge delivered a week ahead of schedule
13-mile diversion when original bridge was lost
Bridge built and launched in just 2 weeks

Products used on this project

The challenge

Pooley Bridge village was cut in two by the extensive flooding and isolated from the west bank, causing considerable disruption to residents and businesses. This led to an urgent need for a temporary bridge during the design stage of a new, permanent structure.

Our solution

We worked with Story Contracting to install our largest bridging solution – Mabey Universal Vehicle Bridge – to accommodate pedestrians and two lanes of traffic.

We returned in 2019 to remove the temporary road bridge when the construction of the permanent structure began. Our temporary Quick Footbridge was then installed to allow pedestrian access while the works were carried out.

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