SBC has over 100 timber footbridges, the majority of which are on public Rights of Way (RoW), along with many others on the urban cycleway and footway network. Timber bridges typically last only 25 to 30 years before they need to be replaced and this means that on average they have to replace at least three each year.
They will soon be replacing three such bridges and will be using GRP (Glass Reinforced Polyester) instead of timber. This has been made possible by the recent availability of commercially available GRP kit bridges which are cheaper to buy and install and typically last twice as long. GRP also looks very similar to timber and will not look out of place in a rural environment.