Pedestrian access on swingbridge for Ramsey Sprint Day

Ramsey Swingbridge

Ramsey Swingbridge

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The Swing Bridge will be available for pedestrian access on Ramsey Sprint Day (Tuesday, June 3), between 9am and 6pm.

The Department of Infrastructure says that due to the on-going nature of repair works, the bridge will be available for pedestrian-use only.

This will, however, allow residents and visitors to park in the town centre and use the bridge to walk to the sprint course, possibly reducing the demand for parking in that area.

The bridge will be manually swung closed from 1pm on Monday, June 2, until 3pm on Wednesday, June 4. Boat owners will be informed that the bridge will not be moved during that period.

Ramsey Commissioners have thanked the DOI for their efforts in this matter. Steven Bevan said they deserved ‘A pat on the back’.

The bridge originally closed in Sepember last year and initial estimates suggested it would reopen in time for Christmas.

However, closer examination of the mechanism revealed unexpected problems. Bearing wheels, probably fitted during earlier repair work in the 1980s were found to be the wrong size and the DOI which is undertaking the work said it made better economic sense to address this now. The bridge will remain closed until after TT but the work should be completed within the £750,000 budget.

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