Facelift for BCN bridges
BIRMINGHAM CANAL NAVIGATIONS
THANKS TO DONATIONS from members of the public through the Friends of the Canal & River Trust, three of the Birmingham Canal Navigations’ well recognised cast iron canal bridges are being given a facelift as part of a £130,000 eight-week repair and maintenance project.
The Trust plans to restore Icknield Square Junction Bridge, Rotton Park Junction Bridge and Lea Bridge, all of which are located on the BCN Main Line between Birmingham and Smethwick. Each of the bridges will have the old paintwork removed, areas of rust and damage carefully repaired and then several coats of specialist paint applied. The brick and sandstone walls supporting the bridges will also be repaired and graffiti, which has been sprayed along the bridge sides and on the walls, will also be removed.
Lawrence Tall, from Canal & River Trust, said: “These black and white bridges are iconic features of the waterways across Birmingham and the Black Country.
“Some of the bridges are showing their age so we need to carry out major repairs, replace some brickwork and generally give them some loving care and attention to ensure people will be able to enjoy them for years to come.”