Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry Ring road: Bridge torn down as development begins

Bridge destruction
Image caption Workers began by removing crash barriers from the side of the bridge
Bridge destruction
Image caption The work created a large amount of dust and debris
Bridge destruction
Image caption By midday concrete had been removed to reveal masonry underneath

The destruction of a Coventry ring road bridge has marked the start of a year-long city centre redevelopment.

Machines - dubbed "bridge munchers" - arrived at about 09:00 GMT to begin demolition of the junction 6 bridge.

There were road closures across Coventry for much of the day while the city also hosted its annual half-marathon.

Closures at junction five and seven put in place to make way for the works will be lifted at 08:00 on Monday.

Council leader Ann Lucas said she was "sad" to see the 40-year-old bridge go but was excited about the project.

"You can't continually live in the past and this is part of a huge new opening for Coventry," she said.

Image caption Work also began on a flyover near Greyfriars Green

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