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Money awarded for repairs to Langley footbridges

Published: 05 March 2020

Footbridges which provide a vital link spanning the M4 motorway in Langley will get essential repairs after a successful bid for government funds.

The bridges are used by pedestrians and cyclists as they move between Langley and Colnbrook, on either side of the busy M4 junction 5.

There is a total of 110 metres of bridge leading to a subway under the six lanes of the M4.

The decades old structure needs essential repairs to the crumbling bearings situated between where the decking of the walkway meets the pillars which anchors the structure to the ground.

In total 14 sets of bearings will be replaced and the railings on the walkway will also be updated and replaced.

The council has been awarded £345,000 towards the £493,000 cost of the project by the Department of Transport.

The award, announced on Friday, was a slice of £93.4 million pounds made available by the government to repair roads, drainage system and bridges up and down the country.

A submission was submitted and was judged against hundreds of other plans from local authorities.

It was just one of 32 projects given fund by the Department of Transport.

The work will start within the year and each section of the bridge will be lifted up and the current rubber and steel bearings removed and replaced with new ones.

Cllr Rob Anderson, cabinet member for transport and environmental services, said: “Without this funding and work the bridge may not be able to be used in the future, preventing people from using what is a vital link connecting the north and south of the borough.

“The repair work will increase the longevity of the bridge for up to another 30 years.”

“The bid was secured whilst being pitted against many other laudable schemes so it is a credit to the highways team.”