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Old Elvet Bridge works

A major refurbishment of Durham's Old Elvet Bridge is taking place.


Old Elvet Bridge is a Grade 1 Listed Scheduled Ancient Monument which offers iconic views of Durham Cathedral and the River Wear. Almost every visitor to the City will spend time in this area.

The bridge and area beyond it towards Saddler Street was enhanced in the mid 1970's using high quality natural materials including York stone slabs, sandstone setts and smooth wheeler slabs as vehicle running tracks. While this may have been attractive when originally laid, deterioration has occurred over time. 

What's happening?

Works are underway and we hope to be complete summer 2018. 

Works have been carried out to waterproof the bridge deck to protect it for future generations. Works to realign and replace paving and create loading bays on the approaches to the bridge are part complete. We are reusing the existing paving slabs where possible and adding modern equivalent substitute materials where the existing slabs are damaged beyond re-use. The temporary tarmac surface put in place to make safe the area will now be removed and replaced with traditional stone flags.

When fully complete this will provide a wider surface for pedestrians, which is also robust enough to deal with emergency and delivery vehicle access. 

How will you be affected?


During the works, pedestrian access will be maintained as work will take place on only one side at a time. The steps down to the riverside may be closed whilst work is taking place on that side, although an alternative route will be signposted through Jailers Yard.

Vehicle access

Throughout the works, it may be necessary to suspend vehicle access and we are working with local businesses to minimise disruption. 

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03000 26 0000
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