A meeting of the City Council’s Cabinet, has agreed to create a Working Group, to look at:
“Whether it is technically and financially feasible to reassign the proportion of the overall budget allocated to demolish the footbridges to instead make significant repairs to the bridge at Junction 18 (Rhubarb Bridge)”
You may remember, the Tories at the Town Hall received something of a backlash, after they announced plans to spend up to £30,000,000 on removing the bridge, and even signed an agreement with Skanska, before seeing what local residents thought?
Some interesting points from the latest report (page 377) include:
- Approximately 60,000 vehicles use the junction daily, 1,260 pedestrians and 540 cyclists.
- The Council still claim that not “carrying out an improvement scheme would lead to a significant increase in congestion at this junction associated with the growth of the city and increasing revenue repair costs for the existing network of bridges given their physical condition.”
- Membership of the group will consist of one elected Member from each of the political groups to ensure cross party representation.
- It’s expected the group will hold around three meetings. With the first one to be held before the end of the year.
My big worry, is that given the huge amount of money involved, there’ll certainly be one or two peeps who want to get their hands on it! And will be devilishly determined to go ahead with the original concept.
Therefore, I personally do hope is that this working group also includes one or two local residents, like those who led on the petition, a rep form the local cycling forum and Sustrans the cycling charity. This has yet to be confirmed.
What do YOU think the Council should do? Please let me know below!