Refurbishment work recommences
at Hibaldstow Bridge
A Jackson team has recommenced work refurbishing a historic iron bridge in North Lincolnshire.
The Grade II-listed Hibaldstow Bridge spans the River Ancholme near the village of Hibaldstow. It was erected in 1889 and is owned by the Environment Agency.
The bridge was damaged after a van was deliberately set alight on it in April 2019. The fire burnt through areas of the bridge's wooden deck and weakened parts of its metal structure. A Jackson team has been on site since March 2023 and is expected to be there until February 2025 to complete the £2.6m refurbishment project.
Work programme
The work will include removal of the timber deck and replacement of some of the metal work including some cross beams and railings. The entire bridge will be grit-blasted back to the original metal and then repainted in the original green and red.
The new deck will be replaced with English oak timbers and any of the old wood that is not fire-damaged will be salvaged for use on repairs of other bridges.

'We are pleased to be able to be undertaking these works to ensure that this historic bridge can continue to be used by the local community.'

The bridge will be repaired in two halves in order to keep the river navigation open to river users. The side where the scaffolding is currently up has been closed off using a boom and signage is in place to notify river users. Scaffold shrink-wrap is being used to contain any potential environmental contamination.
Site Foreman Adam Siddle has made a QR poster to keep residents and bridge users up-to-date with information about the project. They will be put up in village halls and shops. The site team has also contacted the boat club in the nearby town of Brigg to let members know that the repair work will be carried out throughout the year. Signs are also in place to inform local walkers that there is no access over the bridge.
Local resident Jim, who has lived in the area for 33 years, recently took a guided tour of the ongoing work on the bridge. He said: “It will be beneficial to have the bridge open again. I used to walk my dog across it regularly, as did many others, but we have been unable to do so since its closure."