Today work has been continuing to inspect the surfaces of the decks of both cantilevers. While this stage of the preparatory works has been taking place for a number of days, it is vital to make sure that the surfaces are the correct standard for the next phase of the works ( the waterproofing ) to begin.
Our engineers are working with VolkerLaser to check that there are no areas which need to be repaired. If any areas of damage are identified, staff from VolkerLaser will use welding equipment to carry out repairs. Carrying out welding repairs on an orthotropic steel deck is much more complex and time consuming than traditional welding processes and requires the use of specialist staff and equipment.
Thank you to everyone who is using the free shuttle service which is being provided to transport pedestrians, cyclists and mobility scooters across the bridge while the South cantilever is closed.
The scheduled bus service, which is being provided in partnership with Plymouth Citybus and Roselyn Coaches, is running 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Buses run every 15 minutes between 6 am and 9pm, and every 30 mins in the evenings and overnight between the Saltash and Plymouth sides of the crossing.
The minibus and trailer service is also running seven days a week, between 6.30 am and 6.30 pm. This is operating as an ‘on-demand’ service, enabling customers to contact the minibus drivers via call-points located at both Pemros Road and North Road. The minibuses are equipped with cycle and mobility scooter (up to Class 3) trailers.
There is no pedestrian access on the main deck of the bridge so using the shuttle ensures that people can cross safely while the resurfacing works are taking place.
Using the free bus and minibus services also avoids the need for cyclists to cycle through the heavy traffic on the bridge during morning and evening commutes.
In addition there are a number of rail services from South East Cornwall which go into the centre of Plymouth and onwards into Devon, some of which stop at smaller stations such as St Budeaux, as well as at Saltash station.
We would strongly encourage pedestrians and cyclists to use these options for their own safety.