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The new Alma Bridge swings into place.

  • by JW

Whilst the old Alma Bridge structure has been removed.


Back in August last year, work started on the replacement Alma Bridge:

Work on replacing Alma Bridge to start – Vision Group for Sidmouth


Things are now swinging into place, as reported on the county council’s news pages:


Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management and local County Councillor for Sidmouth, said: “It’s marvellous to see parts of this new structure lifted into position and it’s great news for everyone in Sidmouth. It’s something the town has been waiting for and has needed since the original Alma Bridge was damaged.

“Although the key structures are now in place, there’s still work to do and I’m sure everyone will be interested to see the final stages of this scheme as it nears completion. This new bridge will be an asset to the town and will provide an important link to the South West Coastpath, which provides a significant economic benefit to Sidmouth. Anything that can help the recovery of the local economy has to be welcomed.”

Structures moved into place ahead of bridge lift – News centre


With more coverage from the local press:

New footbridge replaces historic Alma Bridge – Devon Live

New crossing over River Sid hoisted into position |

Key parts of new Alma Bridge lifted into place today |

Alma Bridge takes step forward with placement of key structures | Sidmouth Herald


Nevertheless, there has been some disquiet from some quarters that the removal of the old Alma Bridge will now make the river mouth more exposed to erosion from the sea…


And so the Beach Management Plan stumbles on:

How Sidmouth seafront has changed to try and stop flooding and erosion |

Cliff survey set to take place to assess erosion rates after latest rock fall in Sidmouth – Devon Live