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Repairs mean Forton Lake Bridge closures

Work will start this month on fixing the mechanism that raises and lowers the Forton Lake Bridge.

Contractors hired by the council will be working on the mechanism, which allows boats above a certain height to pass.

The structure, used by people walking or cycling to cross over the lake, is also known as the Millennium Bridge.

The work means there will be times over a five-day period when there will be no access over the bridge.

Work is planned to start on Monday 18 October and the bridge is due to be closed as follows:

  • 8.30am, Monday 18 October until 4.30pm, Wednesday 20 October
  • 8.30am until 4.30pm, Thursday 21 October
  • 8.30am until 4.30pm, Friday 22 October

During these times there will be no access across Forton Lake using the bridge, and people are asked to use alternative routes. Signs are going up on popular routes to the bridge to inform users of the closures.

The Leader of the Council, Cllr Graham Burgess, said: "We understand the importance of the bridge to local residents and businesses, and are sorry that issues concerning the lifting gear have taken a long time to resolve.

"The work requires specialist knowledge to be done safely, and the pandemic has delayed our plans. However, we're working hard on the repairs now and are hoping the mechanism will be operational before the end of the month, unless unforeseen problems emerge."

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