So why a shuttle bus? Surely it would have been sensible to keep the old bridge open until the new was ready? Indeed that was the intention but this half-hearted explanation appears on the Splash FM web site.
"Nobody could have foreseen we would incur the transport related costs as a result of having to shut the existing footbridge on safety grounds before the replacement could be constructed. The original plan was to keep it open so pedestrians could use it. Once that proved impossible we decided to minimise the inconvenience to pedestrians by arranging for a regular shuttle bus; a move which has proved popular with passenger numbers averaging 1,000 a day."
Elsewhere we are told ...
"In the interest of public safety the footbridge will now remain closed until it can be fully demolished. When the engineers removed some of the bridge and assessed it during the intended short-term closure, they described it as a bit dubious and said and they can’t guarantee people’s safety as it’s 100 years old. It’s too much of a risk to keep it open.”
So, after 92 years of use, suddenly it becomes unsafe? Really? What exactly is "a bit dubious"? Politicians protecting their posterior perhaps? It's only cost an extra £300,000 for the bus service.
But the new bridge does look very impressive.
If No. 3 son does manage to buy his flat on Shoreham Beach he will doubtless be using the new bridge by foot or velocipede as he commutes back to London to play with computers somewhere. Kind of "them" to rebuild it for him!
Next Bus Blog : Monday 5th August