Earlier today the Leader of Redbridge Council, Cllr Jas Athwal, officially opened the newly renovated Ray Park bridge.
The old bridge was in need of repair following years of neglect. However the true extent of the damage was only made apparent once construction workers had begun replacing wood and discovered that much of the bridge was rotten.
Cllr Jas Athwal commented, “Christmas has come early in Woodford and what a fantastic gift it is to be able to open the new Ray Park bridge. I know how important the bridge is to local people and I’m delighted to open it up to public use once again.
The bridge was extensively damaged and unsafe to use. We could have rushed the job and ended up with a bridge not fit for purpose but instead we did the responsible thing and invested in our future – this bridge will last another few decades so the residents of Woodford and their children can enjoy it for many years to come.”
The bridge crosses the River Roding and connects Ray Park and Ashton Playing Fields in Woodford Green.
This news follows the recent council investment into the Ray Park play area which includes new accessible and inclusive equipment for local children, alongside revamped existing apparatus.