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Longcliffe footbridge on High Peak trail reopens

Published: 16 November 2022

A footbridge seriously damaged by an HGV has been replaced, reopening a stretch of the county’s High Peak Trail.

The new footbridge at Longcliffe, near Brassington, has been built following the accident in 2019, when an HGV hit the original cast iron bridge, causing serious damage.

The new bridge has been raised by around 5 feet, to meet statutory design requirements and to help prevent the risk of a future HGV collision.

Councillor Kewal Singh Athwal, our Cabinet Member for Highways Assets and Transport said:

“The installation of the new footbridge and reopening of this stretch of the High Peak Trail is very positive news for local walkers and cyclists.

“Due to the very serious damage caused by the HGV to the original bridge it was unfortunately beyond repair. However, we have positioned one of the original bridge girders alongside the new footbridge, for posterity and to remember the site’s heritage.

“I’d like to thank everyone for their patience while the works were completed.”

The High Peak Trail stretches 17.5 miles from High Peak Junction near Cromford to Dowlow near Buxton.

The old bridge was part of the Cromford and High Peak Railway, which opened in 1829, funded by the Butterley Company.