Jigger’s Bank maintenance work begins.

Major work will start on Monday, September 25 to repair a major access route into the Ironbridge World Heritage Site.

Jigger’s Bank maintenance work begins.

Jigger’s Bank will be closed with traffic diverted via the Buildwas by-pass for 26 weeks - all businesses, museum’s, attractions will be open as usual with completion anticipated to be in the spring. 

Much of the work will not be visible to the public and will include removal of sections of wall, installation of support rock anchors with areas rebuilt and joints re-pointed or pressure grouted. There are also several brick arches at the base which will also be stabilised and repaired. 

Jigger’s Bank in Coalbrookdale is one of the main routes into Ironbridge Gorge and due to the area’s geology, movement of the road’s foundations means essential repair is now needed. 

Geological factors and other constraints have made this a complex project and Telford & Wrekin Council’s engineering team have worked with partners to develop a solution for long-term stability. 

Councillor Lee Carter (Lab), Telford & Wrekin Council's cabinet member for place (the economy & neighbourhood services) said: “Jigger’s Bank is a historical route into the gorge – originally constructed as a single lane tramway in the 1700s and then widened.

“The road has a long history of slippage and choosing this option limits the impact on other areas, provides the best access in times of emergency such as flooding and means this key route is maintained into the future. 

“It’s taken a team of engineers to find the right solution and we have ensured finances are available to deliver the scheme as the funding support we receive from Government alone does not stretch far enough for projects of this nature."

Regular updates will be available here https://www.telford.gov.uk/jiggers.