CAMPAIGNERS battling to save the town's transporter bridge from rotting away remain 'encouraged' by the council's 'ongoing support' despite its financial pressures.

Members of Friends of Warrington Transporter Bridge (FoWTB) met with council chiefs at the end of February to discuss plans for the grade two listed construction, situated across the River Mersey, close to Bank Quay station.

It has since been agreed that the next bridge survey and remedial work, on brickwork, will be completed during the first quarter of the 2016-17 financial year.

Trees 'growing out of the stanchions' will be removed as part of the pre-inspection operation, while fingerposts and a notice board in Bank Park, as well as signposts at the bottom of Slutchers Lane, will be installed before September's centenary event.

FoWTB chairman Margaret Ingham confirmed the group is seeking donations and grants to help pay for event publicity.

She said: "The FoWTB group is very encouraged by the council's ongoing support at this time of difficult financial restraints."

Margaret was also 'delighted' to have received a picture of 'Persil' – the locomotive which crossed the bridge from the Crosfield works – from former Crosfield worker Alan Smith.

"Any other former workers are urged to get in touch with their memories," she added.

The bridge failed to win the North West Civil Engineering Heritage Award after being out-voted by Blackpool Tower.

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