From Monday 24 July 2017, the pedestrian bridge on Forge Island will be closed for around three weeks while temporary improvement works are carried out. It will involve the removal of the roof and sides of the bridge. This is being done in response to people’s concerns about safety and anti-social behaviour.
Cllr Denise Lelliott, Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy at Rotherham Council, commenting on these works to the pedestrian bridge, has said:
“In the longer term, the bridge will be completely replaced as part of the development of Forge Island as a leisure destination. However, shoppers using the Forge Island car park have told us they do not feel safe using the current bridge because it is enclosed so opening it up will make it feel much more welcoming.”
These works are a small step in the current redevelopment of Forge Island which recently saw the demolition of the old Tesco’s building to open up this site for future building and development. There are bigger plans ahead for this area as Forge Island is a significant site in the wider regeneration plans for the town centre in Rotherham, as recently published in the town-centre Masterplan.