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Work to replace Penwortham footbridge by River Ribble begins

Posted on - 20th February, 2022 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Penwortham, Preston News, South Ribble News, Transport, Walton-le-Dale
New footbridge by the River Ribble Pic: Blog Preston
New footbridge by the River Ribble Pic: Blog Preston

Work to replace a Penwortham footbridge by the River Ribble has started.

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In 2020, Lancashire County Council set aside £201,250 after receiving an extra £15.9m from the Department for Transport as the old bridge structure had been dislodged and demolished following Storm Ciara.

Read more: Over £200k pledged to replace Penwortham footbridge damaged by Storm Ciara

The new timber footbridge – classed as being in the electoral divisions of Penwortham East and Walton le Dale and Penwortham West – is now in the works of replacing the previous bridge that crossed a tributary stream on the south bank of the River Ribble.

The local community will soon be able to walk from the Old Tram Road down to Penwortham Bridge instead of taking an alternative route.

Read more: The Old Tram Road, Preston’s missing link and history trail

Locals on the Facebook campaign group, Friends of the Old Tramroad Bridge, expressed their thoughts.

Roy Livesey said: “About time, every time I have walked down they have either been brewing up or the site was empty.”

Liz Roskell said: “Brilliant news, it’s a Bridleway that’s been missed by many.”

Lindsay Morris said: “About time, I’ve missed not being able to do the full circle.”

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