Posted on: Friday 24 August 2018
A new pedestrian footbridge has been installed at Pontypool Park, creating a safer link between the car park and the park itself.
The foot bridge spans 22 metres across the Afon Llwyd river and offers a safer route for pedestrians and those with mobility issues than the existing bridge, which is heavily used by traffic.
It also completes a ‘Tramway Trail’ around the park that takes in the new walking route between the car park and Italian Gardens.
The bridge was manufactured locally by DKP Engineering in Pontypool and it was installed by Newport-based Noel Fitzpatrick Ltd.
Funding from the project came from the Welsh Government’s Vibrant and Viable Places programme.
Councillor Alan Jones, executive member for business, tourism, leisure and culture, said: “The existing bridge between the car park and Pontypool Park is heavily used by cars and delivery vehicles needing access to the active living centre, and this new bridge will offer pedestrians a safer alternative. Local contractors have been used for this project wherever possible to ensure that the funding is reinvested into the local community.
“I would like to thank everyone who has worked hard on this project and I look forward to seeing this bridge well used for many years to come.”
Johnathan Kendell of DKP Engineering said: “I have lived in Pontypool all my life and it was an honour to make this bridge for Pontypool Park. We are a local company and the whole team is proud to have made something that will be a feature of the park for generations to come.”