Work on bridge begins

The footbridge at the Crook o'Lune
The footbridge at the Crook o'Lune

Work has started to rebuild the deck on the cycleway bridge at Crook o’Lune, near Lancaster.

The listed bridge was constructed 130 years ago. It is currently undergoing a complete restoration, which involves stripping it back to its original 1880s elements. The work was delayed for a month back in June due to nesting birds.

The next stage of the work will involve replacing the deck.

Kim Whalley, senior bridge engineer for Lancashire County Council, said: “The bridge has now been repainted, which will protect it for years to come.

“Considering the age of the bridge, the masonry and wrought iron beams are in remarkable condition.

“The work on the bridge deck will take about eight weeks and it’s progressing well. We hope to reopen the bridge in early December.

A diversion currently redirects pedestrians over the Caton Lune Bridge in Low Road, where a temporary walkway allows them to cross alongside the traffic.