AHEAD of the Gloucester Tall Ships Festival in May, the Canal & River Trust has carried out an important inspection of Llanthony Lift Bridge in Gloucester Docks.
The principal inspection, which happens once every ten years, saw the Canal & River Trust’s specialist bridge engineers get a close-up look at the whole of the structure to ensure that it is in top working order and to plan any repairs that might be identified.
Rob Eaton, customer operations manager at the Canal & River Trust, comments: “This is a very important inspection of the bridge which will ensure that it is in good working order for the Tall Ships Festival in May and the years to come after that.”
Llanthony Bridge is a steel lift bridge installed in 1972 replacing an earlier swing bridge. The bridge occupies an impressive position at the entrance to Gloucester Docks and originally provided rail and road access over the water. Today Llanthony Bridge provides pedestrian, bus and taxi access to the Docks and Gloucester Quays and sits in the shadow of the Llanthony Warehouse and the National Waterways Museum.
Canoeists can pass underneath the bridge without it being opened, but larger vessels, including narrowboats and those attending the Tall Ships Festival, require the bridge to lift open.