We're pleased to announce that the new bridge at Thorpe Meadows, which replaces the old ‘Red Bridge’, is now open to the public. 

The new bridge has been made possible from a combination of funds from Peterborough City Council and Nene Park Trust as well as generous donations from the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund and FCC Communities Foundation.

The new bridge is a 20m long, 1.2m wide steel and timber footbridge with a lifespan of 50-100 years. It now reopens the popular walking route to Nene Park and the Boardwalks Nature Reserve from the city centre. It also provides a foot/cycle entry point to Thorpe Meadows Gateway, allowing pedestrians/cyclists to avoid having to use a busy main road.

Greg Higby, Nene Park Trust Park Manager, said, “The opening of this new footbridge is pivotal in reconnecting access between Peterborough city centre and Thorpe Meadows. The bridge will play a fantastic role in giving our local communities and visitors an extra incentive to walk to Thorpe Meadows and explore the wider Nene Park. Many thanks to our funders for helping to make this happen.”

Cheryl Raynor, FCC Community Foundations grant manager says: “We are delighted to be involved with the project and are pleased the bridge is open and ready to be used. We wish the local community may happy journeys across it! Well done to everyone involved.” 

Colin Ellis, operations manager for Tarmac, said: “Through a donation of £25,000 from the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund, we’re proud to have been able to help Nene Park Trust with this project. It’s great to see the new bridge open and improving accessibility to such a valuable walking route for local people and visitors.”