Monday, 15 December 2014

Crook O' Lune bridge restoration wins heritage award

Image: Lancashire County Council
Lancashire County Council has won a prestigious national award for giving a new lease of life to a historic the Crook O' Lune East Viaduct bridge near Lancaster.

The council received the Restoration Award at the National Railway Heritage Awards for its work on Viaduct, which forms part of the footpath using the now closed line from Lancaster to Wennington.

The Grade II listed structure was reopened a year ago following careful and sensitive repairs which saw the timber decking replaced, ironwork repainted and masonry repointed.

A new landscaped area, featuring benches and otter sculptures has also been created on the riverbank beneath.

County Councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, was presented with a cast-iron plaque which will be put in place near the bridge and unveiled during a ceremony next year.

He said: "This award is testament to the commitment of our staff to preserving this historic bridge for future generations and ensuring the bridge and surrounds provide enjoyment for the thousands of people who visit this stunning location every year.

"We are fortunate to have staff who are so dedicated and I'm very glad their excellent work on this project has been recognised as among the best in the country."

Lancashire County Council worked closely with contractors Casey, Sarum, Hankinson, Harrison and Wisewood on the Crook O'Lune bridge restoration.

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