Adur Ferry Bridge – out with the old and in with the new

Shoreham-by-Sea’s new Adur Ferry Bridge today stands alone across Shoreham Harbour. The landmark swing bridge will allow pedestrians, cyclists and mobility scooter users to reach the town centre from Shoreham Beach.

Its predecessor for 91 years, the old Shoreham Footbridge, has disappeared forever following six weeks of demolition work. West Sussex County Council’s contractor Osborne arranged for the old bridge to be removed in stages.

A barge in the River Adur was used to transport the material down to Shoreham Port. Nearly 100% of the old bridge avoided landfill. All of the metal was recycled, while concrete was crushed for it to be used in other construction schemes.

Work on the Adur Ferry Bridge is nearing completion and the bridge is on course to open to the public before the end of September.

Deliveries of glass to the site, for the bridge’s balustrade, have resumed following a change of supplier.

County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, Pieter Montyn, said: “The sight of the Adur Ferry Bridge spanning both sides of the harbour – without the old structure spoiling the view – is wonderful to behold.”

“It was also impressive to witness the demolition of the old bridge being done so quickly and efficiently.”

Osborne spokesman, Paul Reader said: “We are delighted that the demolition of the old bridge went so smoothly, thanks to the skill of our specialist contractor Gilpin Demolition. With the old bridge now gone, you can really appreciate the new structure in its full glory.”