Sustrans' Portrait Bench series is a national public art project that is unique to each local area. Where communities across the UK nominated local people to become the figures on their local Portrait Bench. When complete there will be a national collection of over 230 portraits.
The benches are part of a national Sustrans project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, delivering new walking and cycling routes that bring the National Cycle Network into the heart of communities across the UK. All the schemes will feature a portrait bench including Scunthorpe Ridgeway.
The Scunthorpe Ridgeway was officially opened in April 2012 by the Mayor of North Lincolnshire. Route users, school students, local councillors, Sustrans board members, and all those involved in achieving this fantastic route met for a ribbon-cutting ceremony before walking and cycling over the new bridge.
The Scunthorpe portrait bench features three characters, chosen by a public vote, to represent the culture and history of the area: Lal White, Jack Tighe, and Liz Smith. The bench is one of a series of benches across the UK, commissioned by Sustrans and funded by the Big Lottery Fund.
For further information, please contact the Transport Planning team on 01724 297000.