Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry Ring road: Bridge torn down as development begins

Bridge destruction Image copyright Coventry City Council
Image caption Workers began by removing crash barriers from the side of the bridge
Bridge destruction Image copyright Coventry City Council
Image caption The work created a large amount of dust and debris
Bridge destruction Image copyright Coventry City Council
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 copyright Coventry City Council
Image caption Work also began on a flyover near Greyfriars Green

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