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Peel Harbour bridge closes for six weeks for repairs

A bridge across Peel Harbour is to be lifted off for six weeks to allow essential repairs to be carried out, after a design flaw was found in it.

The Fenella footbridge has had to be repaired twice in the past two years because of problems with its bearings.

An independent investigation commissioned by the government has now found the bearings cannot take the weight of the bridge.

The bridge will be taken off on Monday 7 March until Thursday 21 April.

The bridge had to be repaired in May 2009 because of a failure in the main slewing bearing assembly.

'Inconvenience caused'

Department of Infrastructure staff carried out a temporary repair, but when the bridge failed again in June 2010 the government commissioned an independent investigation into the circumstances of the failure.

A full repair will now be carried out.

Harbour operations will not be affected by the removal of the bridge although there will be inconvenience to pedestrians.

David Callister MLC, Member for Harbours, said: "It is very regrettable that there have been problems with the bridge, however this work will correct the problems.

"The Department is already considering all action open to it following the outcome of the independent investigation into the circumstances of the failure of the bearing assembly."

A spokesman said: "The Department apologises for inconvenience caused to harbour users and the general public during in this essential work and will make every effort to have the bridge back in service in time for Easter."

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