Footbridge damaged by Cumbrian floods finally reopens

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A footbridge damaged by devastating floods has been officially reopened.

The bridge over Lyvennet Beck, in Maulds Meaburn near Penrith, was one of hundreds of footways and bridges damaged during the storms of December 2015.

Some were able to be repaired, while others were damaged beyond repair - with a handful, like Bell Bridge, collapsing completely.

The new structure at Lyvennet Beck replaces the old footbridge in its entirety.

The works were funded by the Rural Payments Agency via the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), and were project-managed by Cumbria County Council’s Countryside Access Team, with the cooperation of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

The contractor who carried out the works was Brampton Woodworks.

A spokesman for Cumbria County Council said: “The previous footbridge was well used and has been greatly missed since it was severely damaged last winter, so the new footbridge is particularly welcome.”

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