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Footbridge now in place

Coun Ian Swithenbank and Coun Barry Flux at the new Beaconhill footbridge.

Coun Ian Swithenbank and Coun Barry Flux at the new Beaconhill footbridge.

A new footbridge in Cramlington was swung into place at the weekend and will shortly be opened to the public.

The bridge for Beaconhill arrived on site last Friday and was welded together and swung into place on Saturday night.

It is hoped that the footbridge will be temporarily opened to the public before Christmas.

However, a further closure will be required in the new year to finish off the work.

The bridge had been closed since September 2012 due to health and safety fears.

The new structure is a steel truss spanning the railway, and is similar to that built over the Spine Road at Klondyke in 2011.

Cramlington West councillor Barry Flux said: “It is great to see the new footbridge in place.

“Beaconhill residents have been overwhelmingly positive about the look of the bridge and I can’t wait to for it to open to give a safe access point for residents to get to Cramlington shops.”

The temporary opening of the bridge for Christmas will be December 20 at the latest.

 

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