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Work starts on collapsed bridge at Fiddlers Ferry
3:21pm Monday 21st October 2013 in News
WORK to replace the collapsed Marsh House Bridge started today, Monday, although businesses claim it does not fit properly.
A temporary bridge has been installed by Warrington Borough Council.
Bosses of companies based at Fiddlers Ferry say it is too big, meaning some businesses on the trading estate can still not be reached.
Mike Mason, owner of Limos North West, said: “The temporary bridge isn’t fit for purpose.
“It is longer than the other one so you can only use it to get to one side of the estate.
“So there is a new bridge but some companies still can’t operate.”
It is more than six weeks since Marsh House Bridge collapsed under a lorry.
Numerous companies on the trading estate say they have not been able to function properly since, with closures mooted.
Warrington Borough Council agreed to buy it from the Duchy of Lancaster last week, with £225,000 set aside for purchase, although it hopes a ‘nominal fee’ will be sufficient.
The council has yet to comment on work starting at the site, or alleged problems with the temporary bridge.
And it has yet to confirm when work on a permanent solution will begin.
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