Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge to close for 40 days

Transporter bridge in Middlesbrough
Image caption The bridge was last painted in 2003

Middlesbrough's Transporter Bridge is to close for 40 days as part of £2.6m repainting and renovation works.

Work on the Grade II-listed bridge will see the gondola out of operation as it is repainted for the first time in a decade.

Closure of the bridge was delayed until 27 August to "avoid disruption" for those using the crossing over the bank holiday.

Middlesbrough Council said the work was a "vital part" of its maintenance.

A replacement bus service between Middlesbrough and Port Clarence will be in operation during the works.

The project, which is being funded by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, will include lift access to the upper walkway, improvements to the visitor centre and the development of new heritage and sculpture trails.

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