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Sutton Bridge to remain open despite Unison strike

Sutton Bridge bridge
Image caption The bridge at Sutton Bridge carries about 17,000 vehicles across the River Nene

A bridge which carries 17,000 vehicles a day will remain open despite workers going on a week-long strike.

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

Unison members will walk out on Monday over plans to cut their pay after three years of a pay freeze.

Lincolnshire County Council said contingency plans were in place and it did not expect too much disruption for motorists.

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

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

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