Get­ting into the swing at £1.5m


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A £1.5-MIL­LION re­pair pro­gramme to re­fur­bish Ac­ton Swing Bridge, near North­wich in Cheshire, has be­gun.

The 84-year old bridge, one of a se­ries of large swing­bridges which are a fea­ture of the River Weaver Nav­i­ga­tion, car­ries the busy A49. The work has been ar­ranged by the Canal & River Trust and is be­ing funded by Cheshire West and Ch­ester Coun­cil. Con­trac­tors Kier will be car­ry­ing out the re­pairs, which are ex­pected to be com­pleted by July 2017.

The project in­volves a com­plete re­fur­bish­ment of the bridge deck, in­clud­ing strength­en­ing works to the un­der­side of the bridge as well as im­prove­ments to its ap­pear­ance.

Dur­ing the works, the tow­path un­der­neath the bridge and the pedes­trian walkway over the bridge will re­main open as far as is rea­son­ably prac­ti­ca­ble. A height re­stric­tion up to 2.5m for boats will also be in place un­der­neath the bridge un­til 31 March 2017 as the bridge will not be able to swing dur­ing these times.

The Coun­cil’s Cabi­net Mem­ber for En­vi­ron­ment, Coun­cil­lor Karen Shore, said: “The Coun­cil is com­mit­ted to on­go­ing in­vest­ment in our high­way net­work and has pro­vided the full fund­ing for these re­pairs. This project shows ex­cel­lent part­ner­ship work­ing be­tween the Canal & River Trust and the Coun­cil.”

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