Adur Ferry Bridge opens for ‘real’ for the first time

The Adur Ferry Bridge opens for the houseboat PICTURE: DAVID TARR
The Adur Ferry Bridge opens for the houseboat PICTURE: DAVID TARR

THE new Adur Ferry Bridge has been opened for boat users for the first time.

The swing bridge, which was officially launched by the Duke of Gloucester in November after more than a year of building work, was opened for ‘real’ for the first time last Friday.

David Tarr, of North Street, Shoreham, watched events as a steel barge passed through, and he sent in the photograph, right, to the Herald.

He said: “The Adur Ferry Bridge opened for on the morning’s high tide for the delayed arrival of the latest addition to the houseboat community.”

He watched the boat pass through the open bridge and then saw it being manoeuvred into position.

The steel barge, owned by Caroline Woods, will be converted and will then replace Houseboat Gradley.

Improvements to the Shoreham Beach side of the bridge will be the next stage of the Shoreham Renaissance project.

The £550,000 development of the southern entrance to the bridge is currently being worked on by Adur District Council.

A draft scheme has been drawn up, which involves improvements to the Lower Beach car park and Ferry Road area. The idea is to create a fluid pedestrian link between Shoreham town centre and the boardwalk, as well as rationalising the car parking.

The final scheme will have to be agreed by West Sussex County Council Highways and the Environment Agency.

Businesses in the area have been contacted and the council is planning to place in information board on site to explain the plans.