New footbridge now in place

New Klondyke footbridge at High Pit, Cramlington.
New Klondyke footbridge at High Pit, Cramlington.

A NEW bridge has been lifted in place after the previous Klondyke footbridge linking High Pit and East Cramlington was hit by a lorry last year.

A large part of the bridge over the A189 Spine Road had to be removed following the accident.

The new footbridge, a wider version of the old bridge, incorporates a cycleway, and ramps have also been installed to enable cyclists and those driving disability scooters to use it.

Further works will need to be done before the bridge can be used by the public, but it is hoped it will be open by the end of the month.

The bridge was installed overnight on Saturday to minimise disruption on the A189.

Simon Rudman, bridges manager for Northumberland County Council, said: “We are delighted to be at the stage now to lift the bridge into position, and it will be only a matter of weeks before people can start to use it again.

“The incident last year did give us the opportunity to improve what was there already, and I hope that people will realise the benefits of the improved bridge when it officially opens.”