MOTORISTS are being warned to expect minor town centre disruption as work to temporarily move the war memorial and strengthen the river bank begins.

As part of the council's £1.1 million Cenotaph project, the monument, on Bridge Foot, and its surrounding features will be dismantled and stored away in a secure depot.

The scheme, which starts today, Monday, will structurally improve the supporting river bank and the wall situated to the north of the war memorial.

Off peak lane closures will be in place on most working days between 9.30am and 3.30pm, with some of the larger plant movements and material deliveries planned to take place during overnight closures or at weekends.

The council says it is anticipated that there will be some minor disruption to people travelling during the works.

The war memorial will be re-sited in its current location after the stabilisation work is completed ahead of this year's Remembrance Sunday service.

Cllr Hans Mundry, executive board member for highways, transportation and public realm, said: "Our objective is to structurally improve the supporting riverbank and wall that is situated to the north of the Cenotaph.

"As part of the scheme we'll also be upgrading the appearance around the monument, including improvements to paving, lighting and general access.

"The Cenotaph is one of Warrington’s most important and highly valued icons.

"I am pleased that the work set to start will safeguard it for future generations."

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