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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?

We have stopped working around the bridge which forms a key route for Lumiere 2017 and for Christmas visitors. Work is scheduled to be completed in early 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. A temporary tarmac surface has been put in place to make safe the area until the works can be completed, this will be replaced with traditional stone flags in early 2018.

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?


When works are restarted in early 2018, 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. 

Contact us
Highways and Streetscene
03000 261 000
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