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Other Brunel's Swing Bridge Pages

As well as an introductory page, the other Brunel's Swing Bridge pages cover: events at the bridge, including the dates of work parties; reports of work parties in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021; photos of work parties in 2020, 2021 and 2022; information on the 170th Anniversary events; and copies of the display boards.

Brunel's Swing Bridge Project News - 2022

A group of people wearing yellow jackets at work

February 2022

There was a training session by Nick Burwell from Bristol City's Neighbourhood Services Team on graffiti removal. The services team kindly provided three types of chemical graffiti remover which were tried out on metal, painted and stone surfaces with surprising success. The area around the two bridges is now clearer of graffiti than it has been for years.  It was explained that the chemicals are environmentally safe and not toxic to humans. They are predominantly citric-acid and smell of lemons. A petrol strimmer was used to great effect on the weeds around the site, and the shed was given a 3 hour long spring clean. There are more photos on the 2022 photo page.

March 2022

The heavy encrustation of rust was removed from the long angle iron riveted on to strengthen the Bridge after a ship damaged it. The angle iron was then painted with a special yellow metal primer, and this work will be continued at the April work party. The east end of the Tongue (Island) was strimmed of vegetation, and work continued on the misalignment of the southern hydraulic ram. There are two photos of the work party on the 2022 photo page.

April 2022

Volunteers wearing safety harness removed vegetation and small trees threatening the south wall of Brunel's lock, which is listed (photo right). Vegetation and a small tree were also removed from the timber decking area.

A two-part primer was applied to the steel angle plate used to strengthen the bridge after it was hit by a ship in the 20th Century. Other volunteers assembled more of the south ram, and took the measurements needed to make the new bolts needed to complete the reassembly. There are two photos of the work party on the 2022 photo page.

Other Brunel's Swing Bridge Pages

As well as an introductory page, the other Brunel's Swing Bridge pages cover: events at the bridge, including the dates of work parties; reports of work parties in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021; photos of work parties in 2020, 2021 and 2022; information on the 170th Anniversary events; and copies of the display boards.

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