Temporary footbridge and timescales
Following serious public safety concerns raised during an inspection, the Council had to take the decision to close all access to Darley Abbey Mills toll bridge.
Since the closure on 13 May 2022, the Council, along with other key stakeholders, have been looking at options to supply a temporary solution.
Timescales for installation
From Monday 5 September until Friday 7 October, the parking bays on Darley Street at the junction with Old Road will be suspended so that a small site compound and welfare facilities can be put in place. Between Monday 5 and Monday 19 September, foundations for the temporary bridge will also be constructed.
From Monday 19 September to Friday 23 September, Old Lane will be closed from its junction with Darley Street to the Darley Abbey Mills Bridge to allow the footbridge to be lifted into place. There will be no vehicle access for the duration of the closure and no pedestrian access during working hours. Residents in affected properties will be marshalled through the site.
During the same dates, the existing one-way system on West Row will be reversed and suspended on Darley Street and New Road to allow for two-way traffic. Temporary traffic lights will be put in place on New Road between The Hill and Darley Street. Signed Diversion Routes will be in place.
Residents and parents of local school children are asked to not park on Old Lane or Church Lane between Monday 19 and Friday 23 September to allow access for large vehicles, the crane and the bridge.
The temporary footbridge is expected to be in place by the 23 of September with associated access ramps being constructed the following week.
The bridge will be open to the public by early October 2022.