Facelift for BCN bridges

BIRM­ING­HAM CANAL NAV­I­GA­TIONS

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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.”

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