• Tue. Nov 28th, 2023

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Replacement for Stanhope bridge to open

StanhopeA replacement for a County Durham footbridge which was washed away in Storm Desmond is to open tomorrow (Tuesday.)

The bridge over the River Wear at Stanhope was swept away in the flooding which followed torrential rain in December.

Durham County Council, which is responsible for the maintenance of footbridges, subsequently designed and ordered a replacement.

Following consultation with local members, Stanhope Town Council and landowners, the highways structures team made arrangements for the new bridge to be installed.

The bridge was lifted into place last Monday 18 July and is to open tomorrow, Tuesday 26 July.

John Reed, the council’s head of technical services, said: “We are delighted to be able to restore this vital link for the community, in time for the school holidays and the Stanhope Show in September.

“We’d like to thank people for their patience since the bridge was washed away in Storm Desmond.”

By admin