Finishing touches made to the newly revamped March town centre footbridge as it prepares to reopen

PUBLISHED: 14:14 03 February 2016 | UPDATED: 14:14 03 February 2016

March Town Bridge. Picture: Steve Williams.

March Town Bridge. Picture: Steve Williams.

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A new lick of paint was one of the finishing touches put on to the March town centre footbridge as it prepares to reopen.

March Town Bridge. Picture: Steve Williams.March Town Bridge. Picture: Steve Williams.

The bridge was threatened with permanent closure in the summer of last year.

At the time Fenland District Council announced a 42-day deadline to find the funds so that vital repair work – which was deemed essential for safety reasons - could get underway.

£100,000 worth of funds was eventually allocated through a joint funding approach between Fenland District Council and Snowmountain Enterprises, which owns part of the footbridge, and repair work began in November 2015.

Since then, work has been carried out from the River Nene itself by Drake Towage of Wisbech, a marine engineering company, using a pontoon barge to work from the river.

March Town Bridge. Picture: Steve Williams.March Town Bridge. Picture: Steve Williams.

Before the repair work began, Fenland District Council leader Cllr John Clark said: “The condition of this bridge has caused us concern for a while now.

“Although closure was one of the options, we always understood the importance of this route and looked at all possible ways of keeping it open.

“So I’m delighted that an affordable solution has been found.”

The bridge has been closed since mid-November.

March Town Bridge. Picture: Steve Williams.March Town Bridge. Picture: Steve Williams.

“While the repairs have taken slightly longer than anticipated - the projected completion date was given as mid-January - it is set to reopen in the forthcoming weeks.

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