Lift for a swing­bridge

RIVER WEAVER

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THE 150-YEAR-OLD swing­bridge which car­ries a pop­u­lar foot­path across Vale Royal Locks on the River Weaver is pic­tured be­ing lifted off its bear­ings and onto a barge us­ing a spe­cially in­stalled gantry, as the first stage of its jour­ney by road to York­shire for re­fur­bish­ment.

Funded jointly by the Heritage Lot­tery Fund and the Canal & River Trust, the work will be car­ried out in two stages. The first part – clean­ing, shot-blast­ing and prim­ing – is sched­uled this year; but the re­main­ing work is as yet un­funded as a re­sult of more ur­gent calls on CRT’s cash to re­pair the win­ter’s flood dam­age. How­ever, all be­ing well, re­pair, full re­paint­ing and re­in­state­ment should be sched­uled for 2017.

In the mean­time, a tem­po­rary foot­bridge will main­tain ac­cess across the lock.

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