New footbridge will be installed this weekend

A new footbridge over the East Coast Mainline will be installed in a night-time operation at the weekend.

The new footbridge, for Beaconhill in Cramlington, arrived on Friday.

It will be welded together before the whole structure is lifted into place this Saturday.

The steelwork fabrication schedule is fixed and the permits to install the bridge over the East Coast Mainline have been booked with Network Rail for a night shift over this weekend.

A reserve has been booked for Saturday, December 21, should this weekend’s work have to be postponed because of high winds.

The new bridge will be a steel truss spanning the railway and will be similar to that built over the Spine Road at Klondyke in 2011.

Currently the whole project, which includes demolishing the old concrete footbridge, has been estimated to cost in the region of £850,000 to £900,000.

The steel will be painted dark green and will have solid side panels. Lighting will be incorporated into the handrails over the bridge to aid users at night.

The bridge has been closed since September 2012.

Coun Ian Swithenbank said: “Local people have been patient over the last year while the work has been carried out and I’m glad they will shortly be enjoying this fantastic new footbridge.”