Firm footing - New Forest rail bridges resurfaced by Hampshire County Council

The surfaces of rail bridges in the New Forest have been improved by Hampshire County Council, to help provide safe footing for walkers, horse riders and free roaming livestock.

Sep 6 2017

Countryside Access Team

The local authority’s Countryside Access Team have recently re-decked bridges on the three main forest tracks which cross the Ashurst to Brockenhurst rail line with high traction strips.

Councillor Andrew Gibson, the County Council’s Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside, said: “The Access Team has done a very good job resurfacing these bridges, which were a potential hazard, particularly for horse riders and for Commoners whose livestock graze the area. The new high traction strips are extremely durable and provide users, even shod horses, with a non-slip surface whilst they cross the raised bridges safely.

“As a County Council we have responsibility for public access and enjoyment of the outdoors - making the most of the county’s fantastic countryside and giving a boost to people’s health and wellbeing. We thank the British Horse Society, the New Forest Equestrian Association, Forestry Commission, New Forest National Park Authority and the Verderers for their support on this project.”

The three resurfaced bridges owned by National Rail are at Deerleap Inclosure near Ashurst, Black Down near Beaulieu Road rail station and Perrywood Inclosure near Brockenhurst. The project was funded and delivered by the County Council’s Countryside Service in its role maintaining the County’s rights of way.   

Picture credit: Link photo of horse rider courtesy of the British Horse Society