Since the tidal surge of 5 December we have been considering a number of different options for a temporary structure to span the creek where the wooden bridge was lost. These have ranged from floating pontoons to gangways to scaffold structures.
Last week we reported that insurance would not cover a temporary or permanent structure. Since we found this out we have been trying to find funding for this temporary structure within National Trust budgets and we are now in a position to send the letter of intent for the contract.
We will be contracting Kings Lynn-based Rise Scaffold to install a structure that will be 8 metres up the side creek from the piles that are remaining and we are planning on the temporary bridge to be installed by mid-March.
Tomorrow we will be meeting members of the bridge stakeholder steering group, people with a commercial interest or representatives of user-groups that have an interest in the access or working area associated with the replacement of the two large bridges to go through the detail of the methodology. Dunella, the Norwich-based contractors, will also be on-hand to answer logistical and technical queries.
A further update will follow shortly.