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Friday, 06 March 2015

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New west Cumbria footbridge closes chapter on floods recovery

Cumbria's recovery from the 2009 floods continues today as the last major structure to be wrecked reopens.

Camerton footbridge, which sits over the River Derwent at Great Clifton, will be officially opened this morning.

The original bridge was one of 253 badly damaged in the floods. The new 52-metre bridge has been designed by Nusteel Limited and Capita Symonds. Construction of the bridge on site was undertaken by Lumsden & Carroll Civil Engineering at a cost of about £500,000.

Children from Derwent Vale Primary School will be the first to officially cross it.

Tony Markley, the Cumbria County councillor for highways, said he was thrilled they had managed to reach their three-year target.

“It has taken a great deal of work to get the county back on its feet,” he said. “I’d like to thank all the county council teams and local people involved in making this happen.”

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