The long wait for a bridge replacement in an area of Morpeth is finally over.
For several years, residents on foot or bicycle have had to take a long detour to get over the Church Burn at Rectory Park due to the dangerous condition of the old concrete structure, which had been progressively damaged by water erosion in this narrow culvert.
As the bridge was unsafe, it also had to be fenced off by ugly security screening.
Morpeth Stobhill county councillor Ian Lindley, pictured above, has been working with Countryside Services and local residents to have the ruined bridge replaced.
He said: “Local people now have direct access to the main road, bus stop, Sun Inn pub and local shops.
“The bridge looks great and because it has been widened and raised, the old approach steps have been eliminated to make it a disabled-friendly structure, which was one of my key objectives.
“I want especially to thank Countryside Services for delivering a high quality design in traditional materials.”