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Structural surveys to begin as part of Chapman Street Bridge restoration project



Hull’s oldest bridge will undergo structural investigations next week as part of the project to bring the Grade II-listed structure back into use. Because of its poor condition, Chapman Street Bridge, also known as Sculcoates Bridge, has been closed to traffic since 2020, with only the north footpath remaining open.

Structural engineers will carry out investigations from Wednesday 20 to Friday 22 July. The findings will inform a feasibility study on options to refurbish and reopen the bridge, which links the Wincolmlee industrial estate to the east side of the river.

In order for engineers to access the underside of the bridge, it must be swung into the open position, meaning pedestrians and cyclists will be unable to cross for the duration of the work.

The nearest alternative crossing point is North Bridge on the A165 between Freetown Way and Witham.

Mark Jones, Hull City Council’s Director of Regeneration, said: “Chapman Street Bridge has been closed for a long time now and we know that everyone is keen to see it open again as soon as possible.

“Built in 1874, it is the oldest bridge in Hull, and this work is a vital part of our plans to restore it to its former glory and bring it back into use.

“Unfortunately, the nature of the work means the footpath will be out of use for three days next week. This is unavoidable and we apologise for any inconvenience it may cause.

Engineering consultancy Pell Frischmann is organising the work on behalf of the council. Henderson Thomas Associates will be undertaking investigation works on site.

Anyone with queries about this scheme can call the bridges team on 01482 300300 or email bridge.manager@hullcc.gov.uk.

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