Cross Keys swing bridge strike under way at Sutton Bridge

Sutton Bridge bridge
Image caption The bridge is staffed around the clock to keep both road and river traffic flowing

Staff at a Lincolnshire swing bridge, which carries 17,000 vehicles a day, have walked out over a pay dispute.

The Cross Keys swing bridge spans the River Nene at Sutton Bridge, linking Norfolk with Lincolnshire.

Unison members' week-long strike began at midnight, over plans to cut their pay after three years of a pay freeze.

The county council said it hoped to keep disruption to road and river traffic to a minimum, but some leisure boats could be affected.

Unison, which represents the two bridge keepers and the bridge supervisor, said the council wanted to cut 13.5% of their take-home pay.

The authority said the workers were covered by a collective deal already agreed with its 6,000 staff.

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