Award honour at new-look bridge repairs

John Ellis, chairman of the National Railway Heritage Awards, unveils the plaque with staff from Lancashire County Council and contractors Casey, Kirk Scaffolding and Harrison.
John Ellis, chairman of the National Railway Heritage Awards, unveils the plaque with staff from Lancashire County Council and contractors Casey, Kirk Scaffolding and Harrison.

A prestigious national award for the restoration of the historic bridge at the Crook O’Lune has been marked with a plaque.

Lancashire County Council’s £1m repairs to the east viaduct, completed in December 2013, were honoured with the Restoration Award at the National Railway Heritage Awards last year.

The Grade II listed bridge, which once supported the Lancaster to Wennington railway line, needed extensive repairs after an inspection revealed problems with the timber beams supporting the deck.

John Ellis, chairman of the National Railway Heritage Awards, unveiled the plaque at a ceremony on Monday.

County Coun John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “This award is a tribute to the careful planning and expertise that went into restoring this historic bridge in a way that I’m sure the original craftsmen would have admired.”

County Coun Marcus Johnstone, cabinet member for environment, planning and cultural services, added: “The restoration work has not only provided much-needed repairs, but has enhanced 
the surrounding area to make it even more attractive for local people and tourists alike.”