Gooseholme Bridge replacement project

Kendal Bridge

Cumbria County Council is undertaking a project to replace Gooseholme Bridge in Kendal, which was closed in January 2016 following damage caused by Storm Desmond.

The replacement bridge has been designed to provide a wide enough structure to accommodate pedestrians and cyclists, and to be a DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) compliant structure.

As part of this project, the county council is holding a public engagement seeking comments on the proposed structure. Comments can be emailed to: GooseholmeFB@cumbria.gov.uk

Records indicate that a bridge has crossed between New Road and Gooseholme since 1875. The historic bridges have been impacted by flooding on a number of occasions with the original steel truss bridge being washed away in 1898. 

The steel structure was subsequently replaced by a concrete reinforced deck in 1913 before being re-decked with timber in 1982. Reviewing historic records it is evident that Gooseholme Bridge has been impacted by flooding and that keeping a structure at the same height as the existing is not sufficient to ensure the structure is not damaged in future.

New road bridge 1875 Iron Bridge Design Drawings

New Road Bridge (Exact date unknown, but structure matches the pre Iron Bridge arrangement)

1875 Iron Bridge

The Iron Bridge was installed following floods that washed away the previous structure shown top left. The piers were amended to accommodate the new structure with the height of the bridge raised above the Oct 1874 flood level.

1875 Iron Bridge 

1894 Flood with the Fair set up on the river gravels 

Flooding 

Gooseholme Iron Bridge washed away by flooding in 1898

1913 Reinforced Concrete Deck

In 1913 the pier arrangement appears to have been amended from the previous structure as the spans on the 1875 drawing and 1913 drawings don't match. A concrete reinforced deck was installed.

1913 Concrete Reinforced Deck Design 

1913 Concrete Reinforced Deck Design

1980 Gooseholme Bridge Looking Upstream 

1980 Goosholme Bridge Looking Upstream

1982 Timber Deck

By 1982 the concrete reinforced deck had degraded to a point the it needed replacing. The deck was replaced with timber and the span adjacent to Gooseholme Park was increased. The iron railings were reused from the previous structure.

1982 Deck Replacement 1982 Timber Deck 1982 Timber Deck 2 1982 Timber Deck 3 

1982 Deck Replacement

For further information see the Gooseholme Information Pack (PDF 1.69MB)

December 2015 Storm Desmond

During Storm Desmond the bridge was completely under water. The parapets acted as a mesh that caught debris and impeded the flow of water downstream. This contributed to the flooding in the local area. The Bridge was closed in 2016 following a structural inspection that identified scour to the piers and deterioration of the timber.

Kendal Bridge 012 Panorama

Working with the Environment Agency

In order to accommodate for future flood levels the soffit level of the bridge needs to rise up by 0.8m. This is the same level as the Environment Agency's proposed flood wall. This increase in height means that the existing piers could no longer be utilised and a single span structure would be most appropriate. The ramps to the structure will incorporate flood walls to tie in with the EA's proposals for Kendal.

Proposed Design

The bridge will be wide enough for pedestrian and cycle access, with Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant ramps on either side of the river.

Funding

Funding for the replacement structure has been provided by Cumbria County Council, The Environment Agency and South Lakeland District Council.

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Common Land

The map held by the Commons Registration Authority, Cumbria County Council shows the boundaries of common land which incorporates New Road (CL68) and Gooseholme Park (CL153). It shows how Gooseholme used to be an island with Little Aynam and Thorny Hills being a mill-race.

Common Land 

Common Land in Kendal

Cumbria County Council is undertaking a project to replace Gooseholme Bridge in Kendal, which was closed in January 2016 following damage caused by Storm Desmond.

The replacement bridge has been designed to provide a wide enough structure to accommodate pedestrians and cyclists, and to be a DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) compliant structure.

As part of this project, the county council is holding a public engagement seeking comments on the proposed structure. Comments can be emailed to: GooseholmeFB@cumbria.gov.uk

A public drop-in session will be held at Kendal Town Hall on 24 July 2019 from 12 noon to 6pm, when information about the replacement bridge will be available.

In addition, information displays about the replacement bridge project will be available at Kendal Library from 15-26 July 2019, and also at the Environment Agency's information point at Westmorland Shopping Centre, Kendal.

Please note that the visualisations are an artistic impression and specific details may vary. The focus of the visualisations is the bridge and we have only shown an indicative arrangement / detailing for the EA flood scheme. Many thanks to Jamie from SourcePotMedia who produced the visuals.

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