Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry ring road's West Bridge demolished

West Bridge being demolished Image copyright Coventry City Council
Image caption Junction six of the ring road will remain closed often until June 2015 while further work takes place

A bridge over Coventry's ring road has been demolished in the latest milestone of a £59m redevelopment.

West Bridge was removed on Sunday. The ring road was due to be shut from Saturday night until 05:00 on Monday between junctions five and seven.

The redevelopment, called Friargate, will include a new bridge linking the city centre and railway station.

Junction six will remain closed at most times until June 2015 while further construction takes place.

A nearby firm, however, said it feared it may fold before the work was completed, as it claimed the disruption had hit passing trade.

Image caption Gordon Richardson fears PrintWorks not last long enough to reap the benefits of the redevelopment

Gordon Richardson, of PrintWorks Coventry, in Warwick Road, said his trade had suffered.

He said: "The city as a whole needs this regeneration. My concern is maybe we won't be around in three or four years' time to reap the benefits."

Councillor Rachel Lancaster, cabinet member for public services, said the investment in the city would spark the creation of new jobs in future.

The council said it hoped to minimise traffic disruption during the work.

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