Road barriers protect medieval Peak District bridge – and its appearance
Asset VRS’s team of experts assessed the site and the project requirements and recommended the installation of its galvanised steel Varioguard barrier.
As well as offering maximum protection for the bridge and its users, the Varioguard barriers were painted black to match the surrounding iron street furniture in the area and to fit in with the surroundings of the busy tourist destination.
The barriers are now in place, protecting the medieval bridge parapets and providing a safe walkway for pedestrians, protecting them from traffic using the bridge.
The final stages of the project are likely to be carried out in Spring 2023.
Gareth Baugh, Site Agent from Jackson Civil Engineering Group, said: “The vehicle restraint system was provided by Asset VRS as a long-term solution to protect pedestrians from vehicle traffic once Matlock Bridge was reopened to two-way traffic.
“Due to the nature of the project, the VRS required a bespoke installation. The barrier was painted black to be aesthetically pleasing and to be in keeping with the area and the scheduled monument.
“During site visits by the contractors, clients, chairperson and local dignitaries, it was commented on how attractive and presentable the VRS appeared visually, and that Jacksons and its supply chain can deliver this type of product effectively with consideration to the local tourist town of Matlock.”