Cumbria

Plans to replace Workington flood-hit bridge

Destroyed Northside Bridge
Image caption The new plans are for a three-span structure

Multi-million pound plans to replace a bridge which was destroyed in last year's Cumbria floods have been submitted.

Northside Bridge, in Workington, collapsed in November 2009.

Cumbria police officer Pc Bill Barker was on the bridge at the time and died when he was swept away.

Proposals for redeveloping the bridge have been submitted to Cumbria County Council and it is hoped that it will be replaced by May 2012.

People will be given the chance to comment on the proposals before the council's development control and regulation committee makes a decision.

A series of consultation events have been held to ask people's views on what structure they would like for the bridge.

The plans are for a three-span structure which will carry vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.

The scheme is being funded by Department for Transport Emergency Capital Funding as part of a wider package of support following the floods.

Council cabinet member for highways and economic development, Councillor Tony Markley, said: "Even now, more than a year on from the floods, people are still feeling the effects of the devastation - particularly in Workington where the collapsed Northside bridge provides a regular reminder of the damage wrought.

"While the psychological scars of the floods will no doubt last for many years, we are taking major strides forward in repairing the physical ones and the majority of bridges destroyed last year are now reopened."

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