Chantry bridge work a success

Morpeth Chantry Footbridge
Morpeth Chantry Footbridge

WORK to stabilise the endangered Chantry Footbridge has been hailed a success.

The historic bridge has been at risk of collapse since it suffered structural damage during the September flood when it was struck by a tree.

But last night a large crane was brought in to enable engineers to carry out emergency work to put in a temporary support.

The nearby Telford Bridge was closed overnight for the work to take place and this morning it was confirmed that the footbridge has stabilised.

A spokeswoman for Northumberland County Council said: “The work did go ahead as planned and it has been successful in putting in a temporary support for the footbridge.

“The engineers finished off on site early this morning and will return to complete a little outstanding work on Friday.

“They will be dismantling and removing the damaged part of the bridge next week and doing some testing and inspecting some of the other parts of the footbridge.”