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Old Elvet Bridge works

A major refurbishment of Durham's Old Elvet Bridge is taking place following the completion of work on the city's North Road.


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 taking place to waterproof the bridge deck to protect it for future generations, realign and replace paving and create loading bays on the approaches to the bridge. We will reuse the existing paving slabs where possible and add modern equivalent substitute materials where the existing slabs are damaged beyond re-use. 

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

Latest news

Work on the bridge has restarted following recent events in the city but remains open to pedestrians.

How will you be affected?


Throughout the works, pedestrian access will be maintained on the bridge as the work will take place on only one side at a time. The steps down to the riverside will be closed whilst work is taking place on that side of the bridge, 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. 

Event access

Work on the bridge will be suspended for Lumiere in November to allow visitors to use the bridge. We are working with other event organisers to accommodate other events taking place in the city.


Contact us
Highways and Streetscene
03000 261 000
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