Bridge work back on track

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Restoration work on a bridge over the Crook O’Lune can now start again after nesting birds have moved on.

Lancashire County Council engineers began work on the east cycleway bridge in April. However, work had to be halted earlier this month after engineers found blue tits and jackdaws underneath the old bridge.

Now the birds have moved, demolition work can continue and engineers were due back on site this week.

Kim Whalley, Lancashire County Council’s senior bridge engineer, said: “We spoke to an ecologist when we found the birds nesting under the old bridge deck. Following their advice, we decided to call a halt to the work.

“Now that there is no threat to the wildlife, we can carry on with demolishing the bridge.”

The bridge is a listed structure, which links Caton with the River Lune Millennium Park.

It was originally closed for safety reasons in March 2011 after an inspection unearthed problems, particularly with the timber beams underneath.

The restoration of the bridge will see the timber decking replaced, ironwork repainted, and the masonry will be re-pointed.