The cost of restoring the Old Shoreham Toll Bridge is estimated at £500,000. The County Council
has earmarked £100,000. A bid for £250,000 has been submitted to the
Heritage Lottery Fund and a bid for £50,000 to English Heritage and
West Sussex County Council has set aside £100,000, leaving £100,000 to
be raised by the community: residents, schools, special interest groups
and businesses in Shoreham, the surrounding district and beyond. Please help by making a donation.
The Old Shoreham Toll Bridge is a valued link between Shoreham, Lancing and Worthing, allowing walkers, cyclists and horse-riders to cross the River Adur, whether for leisure, recreation or as a pleasant alternative to commuting to work on the adjacent Airport site by car. The South Coast Cycleway lies to the south of the bridge with connections to the Coastal Link, linking to the South Downs Way, the Downs Link and eventually to the North Downs Way.
Today it is in dire need of restoration. In 1997, the County Council, concerned about the safety of the bridge, had protective fencing erected across the bridge restricting the width open to the public and preventing access to the bridge parapets. An expert survey has found that the ravages of time and weather have taken their toll and some of the wood is rotting.