Work on Kendal's flood-hit Victoria Bridge set to begin

Victoria Bridge Image copyright Cumbria County Council
Image caption A councillor said Victoria Bridge was "a vital part of Kendal's road network"

Work to secure the future of a flood-hit bridge is set to begin.

Victoria Bridge in Kendal - known locally as the "Batman Bridge" - had to undergo emergency repairs in January 2016 following Storm Desmond.

A concrete base will now be installed for protection with an "invert" underneath to allow more water to flow after heavy rain.

Cumbria County Council said it hoped the bridge would remain open during the work, which is due to end in autumn.

Image copyright Cumbria County Council
Image caption Temporary repairs were done to the bridge three years ago

There will be a lane closure on the Beezon Fields road, and an access ramp for the works will be constructed down from the Sandes Avenue car park, which will be closed for the duration.

Councillor Keith Little, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "Victoria Bridge is a vital part of the road network in Kendal.

"It's important these repair works are carried out to secure its long-term future."

The £740,000 scheme has been funded by the council's Infrastructure Recovery Programme.

Image caption It is known locally as the "Batman Bridge" due to its decorative detail

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