This article examines Kent County Council's bridge kit project, which is helping to make a higher proportion of public rights of way passable. During recent years, the people of Kent have become more interested in walking for recreation, and this has stimulated Kent's growing involvement in rights of way. Kent has a public rights of way network of 6739km, comprising: (1) footpaths; (2) bridleways; (3) byways; (4) roads used as public paths. The bridge kit project was started, because the number of bridges requiring repair appears to be too large for Kent's rights of way agents to handle. The first problems to be solved were to: (1) find how many bridges needed attention; (2) locate additional bridges needed to complete the rights of way; (3) raise funds for the bridge works. Kent County Council's bridge department specified the design for a kit bridge, which can be transported to a site, usually by lorry; it is then usually dragged by tractor to its correct location, but may alternatively be carried or floated there. Bridges of size up to about 9m can be installed by teams of volunteers; for large bridges, the help of the county's direct works department is needed. The whole bridge kit scheme is co-ordinated by Kent's public rights of way unit. (TRRL)

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  • Authors:
    • Beeching, C
  • Publication Date: 1990-10-18

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  • Pagination: p. 12-14
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 174
    • Issue Number: 5117
    • Publisher: Hemming Group, Limited
    • ISSN: 0039-6303

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  • Accession Number: 00620070
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1992 12:00AM