Adur Ferry Bridge to remain open at weekends

Essential inspection and maintenance work to the Adur Ferry Bridge scheduled for June will now take place on weekdays only to allow several local events to go ahead smoothly.

The works are planned to commence on Monday 1 June with closures in place between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. The works should take around three-four weeks.

However, with a number of high-profile events and, consequently high traffic events, the bridge will now be open at weekends to support the varied programme of local events during June.

In particular this means the bridge will be open for the Wild Life Festival and Shoreham Fort Military History Weekend (6 & 7 June) as well as Beach Dreams Festival (20 & 21 June), Adur Festival (May 30-14 June) and in support of the Art Trail on the weekend (13 & 14 June).

At times when the bridge is closed a free shuttle bus service will operate every 15 minutes from both sides of the river as was the case whilst the bridge was being constructed.

West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, John O’Brien, said: “We have listened to concerns raised about the timing of this work and are pleased that we have been able to reschedule the planned weekend working to allow these popular local events to go ahead without disruption.”

Part of this work requires contractor Osborne and the County Council to use specialist access equipment to inspect the underside of the bridge. The equipment will block access to the bridge when in operation.

The County Council is also pleased to confirm that the Adur Ferry Bridge will participate in the Shoreham River Fest during the August Bank Holiday weekend when the swing span will be in operation during the festival.