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31/8/2011 - Local community celebrate the re-opening of popular local bridge

Local community celebrate the re-opening of popular local bridge

Today, a popular local footbridge in Sockbridge, nr Penrith, was marked with an official opening ceremony. Locally know as 'Ironbridge', the Victorian multi span structure was removed last Christmas by Cumbria County Council after being damaged in the 2009 November floods and has now been replaced with a new, improved footbridge.

The footbridge, which crosses the River Eamont, is the only local crossing point for walkers in the area and is a key link in the footpath network. The new £ 27,600 structure has been built to sit higher over the river to reduce the risk of it being hit by debris flowing down the river in future.

Cllr Tony Markley, Cabinet Member for highways, said: "Cumbria County Council have built flood proofing into the design of this bridge and worked closely with local interests to ensure that it is built to last. We are now in the second year of the delivery of flood recovery works across the county and I'm pleased to say that we are still on track for delivering all works within the three year target."

Penrith rural Cllr Gary Strong, who cut the ribbon today along with local resident Cedric Bell, said: "Ironbridge is a much loved and well used footbridge in the area, and local people are very pleased that it is open once again. I'd like to thank Cumbria County Council's countryside access team and the contractors, Brampton Woodworks, who have both done an invaluable job in delivering this new and improved structure."



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