Sheep’s Green bridge re-opens

This article was published in 2006, in Newsletter 67.

The engineer from W S Atkins looks on as the Sheep’s Green bridge is first opened on Tuesday 4 July, still with temporary railings and lacking a cattle grid.
Photo: engineer from W S Atkins looks on
Under a watchful eye final touches are completed before Sheep’s Green bridge is opened to users.
Photo: final touches are completed
Have these engineers never heard of curves, or even seen a piece of string and two pegs? The 18th century engineers, who built a canal I help restore, built beautiful brick bridges curved in two planes with such a simple technique.
Photo: Have these engineers never heard of curves?
Despite reassurances to the contrary, the new ramps will need considerable modification when, as eventually must happen, the Sheep’s Green bridge is replaced with a wider structure.
Photo: new ramps will need considerable modification when Sheep's Green bridge is replaced