Vast refurbishment works are in the pipeline for a historic bridge.

Transport for Bucks (TfB) has submitted a ‘listed building application’ for Marlow Bridge.

Plans outline ‘refurbishment to the bridge, including works to the carriageway, footway, towers, lighting, drainage, parapet posts and timber rails’.

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However, council documents reveal more details, including “replacing five of the 12 bridge bearing”, “carriageway patching work”, and footway repairs.

It also mentions “conservation work to the bridge towers”, “drainage clearing”, and the “replacement of some street lighting cabling to bring the lighting back into service”.

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Bucks Free Press: Parapet posts will be ‘stripped’ and painted, and parapet timber rails will be ‘removed’ and taken to a nearby workshop for treatment.

It also details the ‘temporary relocation of canoe boats during the works and their reinstatement on completion’ and plans to ‘demolish a shed and rebuild to current standards’.

Marlow Canoe Club, and Marlow Rowing Club have both been consulted, documents state.

It is anticipated the refurbishment will take approximately 40 weeks, a heritage statement reads.

“This is a like-for-like refurbishment,” it adds.

The news comes after residents said back in July the bridge is due a fresh coat of paint, with some branding it a “disgrace”.

The footway and railings have begun to rust, and mould has also started to grow.

A majority of work will be from “Spring 2022 onwards”.

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