Anti-climb handrail illuminates A14 cycle & footbridge

The challenge

After successfully securing £1.5m funding from the Department of Transport Cycle Safety Fund, Suffolk County Council orchestrated the construction of a new footbridge and cycle path situated in Bury St Edmunds. The so-named Malthouse Bridge, was required to provide a quick and safe access link from Bury St Edmunds town centre to the residential area to the north of the A14 – vital for pedestrians and cyclists.

Clients and partners

  • Client

    Suffolk County Council

Key project requirements

  • Appropriate lighting levels for cyclist and pedestrian safety (they need to see and be seen).
  • Lighting that would not distract drivers on the road below.

The solution

Taking into consideration the key project requirements, we installed our low-level integrated LED handrail Garda, on the straight and curved approaches of the bridge. To aid facial recognition for users, we created an arch of light; we ensured that there was no light spill onto the main road below by using an asymmetric light distribution. As safety was of the utmost importance in this scheme, we also incorporated a bespoke anti-climb profile.

The construction of the bridge was part of a wider scheme which included the resurfacing of Malthouse Lane and the northern section of Northgate Avenue, to provide an all-weather surface for pedestrians and cyclists, alongside new lighting, footpath widening and an enhanced route. It is hoped that the improvements will result in many people reconsidering their mode of transport when they realise just how quick and convenient their journey can now be.

One of Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for Roads and Transport, officially opened the bridge alongside a welcoming crowd of local cyclists and pedestrians.

" I’m glad to see this new bridge come into completion, and already seeing so many use it; elderly and young pedestrians, cyclists, those with pushchairs and even four person tandem "

 Graham Newman, Councillor at Suffolk County Council

Featured product

Similar projects to Malthouse Bridge