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Hartham footbridge reopens

Sunday 20 February 2022

A popular river crossing has reopened after two local councils reached an interim agrement to repair the bridge.

The bridge was closed by East Herts Councl last week due to the deteriorating condition of the structure, which was installed by cycling charity Sustrans when the towpath was resurfaced between Hertford and Ware as part of improvements to National Cycle route 61. 

A joint statement by both councils issued at the start of the week said: "Hertfordshire County Council and East Herts Council are working together to repair and reopen the bridge over the River Lea on Hartham Common, which has been closed due to safety concerns.

"We understand the frustration and inconvenience this situation is causing, and both councils would like to apologise to residents for that.

"The bridge forms an important part of National Cycle Route 61 and both councils are keen to see it reopened as soon as possible as it forms an important walking and cycling route between Hertford and Ware.

"Temporary repair work to the bridge surface is planned for next week so the bridge can reopen as soon as possible with a temporary surface. More substantial repairs to the surface are being planned for later in the spring."

The bridge was closed on Monday 7th February on safety grounds, with walkers and cyclists diverted via Mead Lane and Marshgate Drive, both of which are used by heavy lorries.

A temporary surface has been laid across the bridge 

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