Acton Swing Bridge receives £1.5m repairs

Acton Swing Bridge, River Weaver

Acton Swing Bridge, River Weaver - Credit: Martin Ludgate

There is a height restriction of 2.5m for boats travelling udnerneath the bridge

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 forming 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 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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