East Pier extension footbridge arrives in Whitby
A new footbridge, constructed specifically to link Whitby’s East Pier to its pier extension, arrived in the town yesterday afternoon (November 19) after a two-day road journey of around 388 miles from Peterhead, Scotland.
The footbridge, which weighs 9 tonnes and is 27 metres long, was escorted to Whitby on the back of a low loader lorry.
On arrival at Endeavour Wharf car park, it was craned from the lorry onto the side of the harbour, where it will remain until plans for installing it are finalised and weather and sea conditions for the complex operation are favourable.
Once installed between the end of the East Pier and the pier extension, and following a period of works on the extension, the footbridge will be opened to allow people to walk all
the way to the end of the pier extension, a walk that hasn’t been possible since the previous footbridge was removed on safety grounds in 2001.
The footbridge was constructed by Lochshell Engineering in Wick, Scotland, before being transported to Peterhead for surface treatments.
It has been funded by the Marine Management Organisation’s (MMO) European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF), Scarborough Borough Council and Whitby Town Council.