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Deerness Bridge replacement

A temporary bailey bridge is in place at the Deerness Bridge site, between Ushaw Moor and New Brancepeth. Works to replace the old bridge on a permanent basis began in July 2017.

Latest news 

Work is now underway in preparation for the new bridge, for example diverting telecoms cables (which currently travel through the existing bridge structure).

A short road closure will be required in the autumn to allow the temporary bridge to be relocated. More information on this closure will follow once the date is confirmed

How this will affect you

Until the temporary bridge is moved, only the restrictions below apply.

Diversions for heavy vehicles and abnormal loads 

A 7.5 tonne weight limit remains on Broadgate Road, while the temporary bridge has an 18 tonne weight limit and a signed diversion route for heavier vehicles and abnormal loads.

Pedestrians and horse riders 

There is a separated footpath across the bridge for pedestrians, cyclists and horses.


The Deerness Valley Cycle Path is not affected.

What happened?

Scheduled inspections identified concerns with the condition of the bridge.  A detailed structural review of the bridge found a significant weakness that could no longer withstand the weight of regular traffic and the decision was made to close the bridge to all traffic and pedestrians on 13 April 2016 in the interest of public safety.

A review was commissioned to investigate whether the bridge could be re-opened to limited traffic. As a result of the review a temporary bailey bridge was put in place to allow the crossing to re-open.

A video update about the bridge

Our Head of Technical Services, John Reed provides a short update on what's happening:

Deerness bridge replacement video transcript (PDF, 305kb)