Cumbria

First beam installed on flood-hit Northside Bridge replacement

The first section of the new bridge is lifted into place
Image caption It is hoped the new bridge will be open later this year

The first section of a bridge to replace one destroyed in the 2009 Cumbria floods has been installed.

Workington's Northside Bridge collapsed into the swollen River Derwent, killing PC Bill Barker who was on the bridge diverting traffic.

The first of the 88-tonne sections has now been lifted into place and work is due to continue during the day to install the remaining beams.

The installation comes after a number of delays to the project.

After the bridge collapse in November 2009, the Army erected a temporary footbridge but it was taken down in March last year.

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