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Chester House river bridges - work on long-awaited replacement to start soon

Parking, roads and transport

31 May 2022

Chester House Estate

KierWSP Northamptonshire Highways, working on behalf of North Northamptonshire Council, will soon start work to install the two much needed and long-awaited pedestrian bridges over the River Nene at Chester House, Little Irchester, Wellingborough.

Destroyed by arson years ago and closed to the public since 2015, designers from highways have been working with a number of associated parties to agree the design of the two, new metal structures that will complete the important links between Wellingborough, Irchester and Rushden at this nationally significant heritage site. 

Chester House opened in 2021, however, due to the nature of the site and the consents required for any change to the existing layout and structures, it has taken some time to get to this point and agree both the design and obtain all the required permissions. 

We are delighted that we are now able to start the scheme to replace the two wooden bridges, with structures that will be in place for generations to come. 

The bridges have generated a lot of interest and are another part of our fascinating history at Chester House. We realise just how important it is to get the new structures in and open for all to use.

Their presence will mean that the Right of Way can reopen fully and people will be able to access Chester House by foot from the surrounding areas, especially once we are able to link it in to the Greenway routes.
Cllr Graham Lawman, North Northamptonshire Council’s Executive Member for Highways, Travel and Assets
The Chester House Estate is such an important asset for North Northants, not just in representing the history of the area, but, also as a wonderful destination in its own right.

Ensuring it is connected by footway to the local area is a real bonus – not just in encouraging people to use alternatives to car transport, but, also in being able to spend time in our beautiful countryside.
Cllr Jason Smithers, Leader of the Council

Funded by the Department for Transport, the bridges are currently being manufactured and will arrive on site later in the summer. 

Visitors will start to see works early June as the team install a works compound and haul road which will have the capacity to carry heavy vehicles and plant.

The scheme is expected to take 12 weeks and, as soon as the work is safely completed, the bridge will open to the public.

Updates will also be provided on Twitter @nnhighways and @ChesterHouse_UK as well as on Facebook.