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Suspension bridge Lights

There was a demonstration of the new lights 12 May 9:15 2005. Pictures (put up 1 June)
Bristol city council awarded planning permission on 25 February, but as it is a listed building, consent is needed from the Government of the South West. Permission has also been granted from North Somerset. The current illuminations on the suspension bridge are now 12 years old and have started to deteriorate despite frequent maintenance. Spare parts for the system (it uses aircraft emergency lighting strips) are extremely difficult to acquire and are no longer being made. Consequently, the lights were switched off in September. The previous system using lightbulbs had the problems of accessible bulbs being stolen, and often thrown in the river. It is planned that new illuminations using floodlighting will be installed, subject to the required planning processes, during the spring and summer of 2005 and thoroughly tested prior to an official switch on to celebrate Brunelís 200th birthday on 9th April 2006. This means the bridge will not be lit up for nearly two years. The photo shows the bridge illuminations this Christmas!
Proposals for the new state-of-the-art illumination system on Bristolís Clifton Suspension Bridge are now on show to the public.
Planning application 04/04805/LA/C: Clifton Suspension Bridge. Removal of existing illuminations from Bridge. Installation of new lighting scheme to Bridge towers, walkways, chain and abutments
The lights, which are subject to planning permission which has to be granted both by Bristol City Council and Gloucestershire Council, consist of four elements: The new lighting system will cost nearly £800,000 to install but the maintenance costs are expected to be minimal, trustees say. Contractors removed the old system in preparation for trials of the proposed new illuminations at the end of August.
Clifton Suspension Bridge website
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