Please sign the petition to stop the demolition of our bridges.
Irrigation Bridge and 100 Acre Bridge in Hackbridge are due to be demolished by Network Rail in May 2016.
It seems like their future have been on hold since 1997, when they first wanted to demolish the bridges, stating there are no legal rights of access across them.
A campaign was led back in 2011 by local residents and groups and it appeared to have support by Sutton Council. Since then it has been quiet, until we heard the news of the demolition date.
We want to save these bridges as they are part of our neighbourhood plan to provide vital pedestrian access to Beddington Farmlands, linking the green spaces in Hackbridge and Beddington which are part of the unfolding Wandle Valley Regional Park. The map below shows their strategic location.
If these bridges are demolished, it would take considerable fundraising and investment to try and provide some other sort of access across the railway line. Indeed we have been told in the past, that it could take more money to demolish them, than to make secure!
Sue Morgan, CEO of the Wandle Valley Regional Park has written to Councillor Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council, asking to work together to find a solution. Other local groups and residents are coming together to support the future of the bridges.