Funding boost for Warwickshire’s historic bridges

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Funding has been secured to help maintain eight historic bridges in the county.

Warwickshire County Council’s bridge maintenance team have announced that they have secured funding of £4.978 million from the Department for Transport (DofT) through the Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund 2019.

The funding means that the county’s 'historic bridge maintenance programme' can move forward with works to eight of Warwickshire’s historic road bridges.

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The bridges that will benefit from this funding over a three year programme are:

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A425 Castle Bridge in Warwick

A428 Bretford Bridge in Rugby

A3400 Clopton River Bridge in Stratford

B4085 Bidford on Avon River Bridge in Bidford-on-Avon

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B4117 Cole End River Bridge in Coleshill

C33 Baginton Mill Bridge, near Coventry

C46 Binton Bridge South in Welford-on-Avon

C53 Honington Bridge in Shipston-on-Stour

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In addition to the grant, works are also being part-funded by the County Council to provide a total funding pool of £6.3million, which will begin to be spent in the 2020/21 financial year.

Cllr Jeff Clarke, Warwickshire County Council's portfolio holder for transport and planning said: “Warwickshire’s many historical sites are a major factor in what makes the county a great place to live, work and visit and we are very pleased to have been awarded this funding from the DfT’s Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund 2019 for the maintenance of eight of our most significant historical bridge structures.

“The works to these structures will focus on the significantly deteriorated and damaged stonework of, the predominantly multi-span, arch structures, that date as far back as the 14th Century and in several cases are listed as scheduled ancient monuments that have supported Warwickshire’s transport infrastructure for centuries.”

The details of the successful bid is available at: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/majorconstructionprojects/challengefundbid