Bridging the river gap

A TEMPORARY bridge which will take vehicles across a village river will soon be in use, a parish council heard.

The first phase of major restructuring works on Rothbury’s main road bridge will be complete when the Bailey bridge is opened within the next few weeks, Rothbury Parish Council was told last week.

It will make way for the start of the project to strengthen the old bridge, which is expected to take around two-and-a-half years to complete.

Once the Bailey bridge is in use a one-way system will be in operation along Bridge Street and Haw Hill and delays will be expected.

County councillor for the area Steven Bridgett told the council that utility companies are in the process of moving their cables and equipment across from the old bridge to the temporary bridge and once that is complete the bridge can be put into use.

The type of lighting which will be used on the finished bridge was also discussed.

A proposal had been put forward to include lamps like those on the Telford bridge at Morpeth but parish councillors decided they wanted to have traditional Victorian lamps with columns.

It was also decided that the council would ask for six lamps to be included and if only four were to be put on the council asked for two extra power points to be put in in case further lamps were required in the future.