A new dedicated pedestrian footbridge has been installed over the Grand Union Canal just east of the village of Crick.
The bridge was delivered by KierWSP Northamptonshire Highways in collaboration with its contractors R&C Williams (KierWSP Civil Engineering Partner) and Nusteel (Bridge Manufacturer)
The majority of funding for the bridge has jointly been provided by Daventry District Council and Prologis (DIRFT III), with further contributions from Northamptonshire County Council, the nearby Windfarm Development and Crick Parish Council, who have campaigned for this infrastructure for many years.
The Canal & River Trust also supported the project and gave the approvals necessary to allow the bridge installation over the canal.
The bridge will improve the safety of pedestrians using the footway along the A428 between Crick and West Haddon, which is currently compromised by the narrow path that crosses the Grand Union Canal.
The current COVID-19 situation enabled workers to take advantage of less traffic on the road and reduced footfall whilst work was undertaken, enabling them to deliver this key infrastructure safely.
Stuart Hoskins, Safety Engineering Manager at Northamptonshire Highways said “This has been an incredibly complicated project to deliver and we are pleased that such a key piece of infrastructure has now been delivered to ensure the safety of all users utilising this route. We have worked closely with a wide range of stakeholders to secure funding and to ensure the new footbridge is in keeping with the aesthetics of the area.”
Northamptonshire County Council Cabinet member for environment and place Cllr Jason Smithers said: “I am delighted that despite the challenging time we are facing, we have managed to continue works on the Crick footbridge to ensure safety for all users.
“We will continue to pull together and follow Government guidance to help keep the essential services we all rely on, such as roads and highways, running right across the county.”
Crick Parish Councillor, Brian Hughes, said: “All residents of Crick are delighted and relieved that they will at last be able to cross the canal safely via the new footbridge. Many villagers have campaigned for a bridge over the years, and it is to their great credit that they have at last succeeded.
“We are particularly grateful to the support we have received from our MP Chris Heaton-Harris, Councillor Malcolm Longley of Northamptonshire County Council, Prologis and Daventry District Council and for all the work done by Northamptonshire County Council Highways in getting the bridge constructed.
“This is a major achievement for Crick that will benefit residents and visitors for many years to come.”
Dale Tiller, R&C Williams said "There has been an incredible amount of time and effort planning these works with our client and supply chain. Every little detail has been considered to make sure everything fits in place and visually looks pleasing.
"It has been a challenge to deliver such a project in these difficult times we are going through, but it has been made possible with the support from our client. There has been a real sense of togetherness. When you look back on what we have achieved together and reflect on the residents’ comments, it makes it all worthwhile."
Further works will take place to complete the scheme and the bridge will be open to the public at the end of April.