Funding success for Vauxhall Bridge Improvement Scheme

I have joined campaigners and supporters of the Vauxhall Bridge Improvement Scheme this week in celebrating the news that the bridge has received lottery funding to enable Phase 1 of restoration to commence.

Earlier this week £295,000 was approved by the Big Lottery Local Fair Share panel in partnership with Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust to enable the project to begin. Community Connections said the £295,000 from the lottery is on top of £400,000 received from the council and will allow the development of the surrounding areas approaching the bridge and rail station along with providing new and improved footpaths and cycle ways.

The ‘Reconnecting Great Yarmouth’ panel have been meeting regularly to discuss ways forward with this scheme and are delighted that the project has been given this boost.

This is fantastic news! It is great to hear that this historic structure will be maintained and preserved for future generations. Vauxhall Bridge is an asset to the town not only due to its Grade 2 listed status but also because it is noted to be one of very few wrought-iron railway bridges to survive in the UK.

The ‘Reconnecting Great Yarmouth’ team have been working really hard in getting their proposals together and have worked closely with various groups such as Community Connections, Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust, Vauxhall Links and Norfolk County Council to name but a few. This news supports that hard work and is a classic example of the ‘Big Society’ in action. I send my congratulations to all involved in getting this bid together and look forward to the positive impact this will have on the Vauxhall area and rail station.

10th March 2011