Londonderry Bridge to close in Stockton flood alleviation scheme

Flooding in Stockton in September 2012
Image caption Lustrum Beck was blamed for contributing to flooding in Stockton in recent years

Work to protect more than 150 homes from flooding will see a bridge replacement scheme get under way.

Stockton's Londonderry Bridge is to make way for a single span structure designed to allow water to flow under it more freely.

Part of the Lustrum Beck flood alleviation project, the road across the existing bridge on Durham Road will close to vehicles from Monday.

Stockton Council described it as "essential".

Diversions will be put in place for motorists, although pedestrians can continue to use the bridge in the coming weeks before a temporary footbridge is installed.

Councillor Mike Smith, cabinet member for environment and housing, said: "We appreciate Durham Road is well used, but it is impossible to replace the bridge without closing the road."

Construction of a new flood wall along Lustrum Beck at Bedford Street is also due to begin shortly.

Stockton was badly hit by floods in September 2012 with families having to be rescued from their homes by RNLI volunteers.

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