A bridge on a road to nowhere

We have been advised that the works to the Ninfield Road Bridge is scheduled for completion in mid to late August, this year.

As we live in close proximity to this monolith we are obviously pleased that the end is now in sight. We can only hope that the six-day working, noise, disruption and the rerouting of traffic have resulted in a monument to bridge building of which, those that live in Sidley and surrounding environs, can be truly proud.

Once open to the public will we be amazed at the splendid design?

Will there be a vaulted coffered ceiling to the underside?

Perhaps there will be bottle balustrades and pedestals to the upper level and ionic columns with entablature all finished in a honey coloured Bath stone?

Of course not! What we are more likely to behold is mass reinforced concrete with brick walled parapets on either side of the road (let’s hope they are high enough this time ).

It just feels that for the time taken and obvious cost of the resulting edifice it should resemble the Bolognetti Palazzo in Rome instead of a bridge of nothingness on a new road to nowhere.

Geoff Martin

Highfield Gardens


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