New bridge on the way

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Plans for a new footbridge over the East Coast main rail line at Cramlington have been revealed.

Northumberland County Council was forced to close Beaconhill footbridge in September last year after issues with the concrete quality and strength of the structure.

Now, almost a year after the bridge was closed off, details of the bridge’s reconstruction have been released.

The demolition was completed ahead of schedule and work will begin on constructing the foundations and supporting structures for the new bridge in early September, with the new facility programmed to arrive on site in November.

The project is expected to cost between £850,000 and £900,000, and the new bridge will be a steel truss spanning over the railway and will be similar to that built across the Spine Road at Klondyke.

The bridge will be delivered to the site in two parts, which will then be welded together before the structure is lifted into place, and painted dark green.