York’s Blue Bridge is to close from today

The Blue Bridge on the River Foss. Photograph: Richard McDougall

An iconic riverside landmark will be out of bounds from today (Monday, 18 May).

The Blue Bridge on the River Foss is set to be closed for up to eight weeks for repairs.

This will include general painting and repairs to the bridge parapet railings, the removal of old paintwork and steelwork repairs. In order for these works to be done safely, the bridge needs to be removed from the site.

A temporary scaffold walkway and bridge will be installed to allow pedestrian and cyclist access whilst the works on Blue Bridge are being undertaken.

There will be two brief closures (of up to 15 minutes each) during this time, to allow the bridge sections to be lifted out and returned into position. This will take place towards the start of the project and towards the end.

Allow plenty of space

The bridge during the floods in February. Photograph: YorkMix

The Blue Bridge was partially submerged during the floods earlier this year.

Transport lead on City of York Council Andy D’Agorne said: “This will be the first time the Blue Bridge parapets/ railings have been refurbished for around 20 years, which is the lifetime of the paint used on the bridges before restoration is needed.

“The width and overall length of the temporary bridge will be similar to the existing Blue Bridge.

“We’re asking residents to allow plenty of space between themselves and others in order to reduce the possibility of groups meeting along the restricted width of the temporary walkway.”

The works themselves will take place between the Blue Bridge Lane and New Walk (i.e. along the River Ouse riverbank side).

It is possible to avoid this area by traveling via Fishergate for both pedestrians and cyclists.    

The width dimensions of the temporary bridge will be similar to those of the existing bridge, but with a ramp to access the bridge from one side. Cyclists will be able to use the temporary bridge which will be flat, unlike the existing bridge which rises to a peak.

The River Foss navigation will not be available for access to river craft for the duration of the works.