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Repairs at the Old Tram Bridge complete

Posted on - 26th June, 2014 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Avenham, News

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We reported back in May that work was continuing to shore up the Old Tram Bridge.

The footbridge, which crosses the River Ribble into Avenham Park, had scaffolding up for weeks while repair work was undertaken.

We were told by local residents that a farmer accidentally collided with the bridge on his tractor.

The repair work looks completed with the erection of a new supporting coulmn,as seen in the photo above. All scaffolding has now been removed.

The footbridge is a modern replica of a wooden trestle bridge designed for the horse-drawn tramway that linked two sections of the Lancaster Canal.

Tramway operations ended around 1860 and ownership of the bridge was given to the Preston Corporation in 1872. By 1965 the timber bridge was much decayed.

It was replaced by Matthews & Mumby with a modern bridge designed to look like the original. They used reinforced concrete and prestressed concrete beams. The present bridge has nine spans of approximately 13.7m each and an overall length of 123.5m.

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