'Iconic' new bridge gets go-ahead

An artist's impression of the new bridge in Long Eaton

A new bridge, described as "spectacular" that is poised to become an Erewash landmark has been given the formal go-ahead by the borough council.

The sweeping curve of steel – featuring a stunning suspension arch – will help to transform one of the area’s waterfronts.

The crossing, also described as "iconic" is for pedestrians, cyclists and wheelchair users and will span the Erewash Canal – linking the centre of Long Eaton to the town’s much-loved West Park.

It is being funded by government levelling-up money and will replace a bridge that towpath users currently risk banging their heads on because it was built so low.

The old Broad Street bridge dates back to 1913. It will be demolished after Erewash’s planning committee gave official permission for its replacement at a Long Eaton Town Hall meeting on Wednesday 26th June.

Councillors heard the existing crossing is “showing its age”. A report warned: “Structural assessments suggest a lifespan of only approximately a further ten years.”

The plan also includes a waterside terrace featuring tiered seating for 100 people overlooking the canal. Pontoons on the waterfront will allow kayaks and other small craft to be launched.

Refreshment space has been set aside for community events, theatre performances and cinema screenings. 

Well-lit pathways will deter anti-social behaviour – while the new bridge has been designed to be graffiti-resistant.

The bridge’s balustrade will reference Long Eaton’s lacemaking industry by incorporating a wedding pattern motif.

Construction of the new bridge and waterfront is set to be completed by early 2026 after Long Eaton was awarded almost £25million of central government funding in what is known as a “Town Deal”. The grant for regeneration projects will also see the High Street transformed.

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