Another step in the right direction as work starts on Rotherham Pedestrian Bridge
Visitors to Rotherham will see progress being made around Forge Island this month as work continues to prepare it for development.
From Monday 24th July, work will begin on the pedestrian bridge linking Forge Island to the town centre, which will see the removal of the roof and sides to make it ‘light, bright, and airy’.
The footbridge will be closed during this time and the main pedestrian exit will be via the main road bridge on to Market Street. Businesses in Riverside Precinct will be open as usual and can be accessed from Corporation Street.
Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy Cllr Denise Lelliott said the work was being done in response to resident complaints about anti-social behaviour.
She said: “In the longer term, the bridge will be completely replaced as part of the development of Forge Island as a leisure destination. However, shoppers using the Forge Island car park have told us they do not feel safe using the current bridge so opening it up will make it feel much more welcoming.”
Forge Island car park will remain open throughout this period and the free parking initiatives (2 hrs free in the red zone on weekdays and free all weekend) will continue. Work is also currently taking place to provide a further 200 temporary parking spaces on Forge Island following the demolition of the former Tesco building, which will also be free all weekend.