Bridge is over its troubled waters

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A historic bridge has reopened after a £1 million pound investment.

The Crook O’ Lune footbridge has been revamped and a councillor hailed the refurbished tourist hot spot as it was officially unveiled this week.

The cycle path near Lancaster links Caton with the River Lune Millennium Park and its prominent position over the river Lune and picturesque views attract 250,000 visitors a year.

The grade II listed bridge was closed in 2011 due to safety concerns but LCC invested and replaced the old timber decking of the former railway bridge.

The million pound investment from Lancashire County Council helped create a new picnic area underneath the bridge that they hope will attract more visitors.

The area features newly planted native oak trees, benches in the style of railway sleepers and some wooden sculptures of the otters that inhabit the Lune.

And County Councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, believes the refurbishment will attract more tourists.

He said: “The Crook O’ Lune is one of the most attractive parts of Lancashire and this major investment supports tourism, ensuring it continues to be a magnet for local people and visitors from further afield. The work to the bridge has restored its character and preserved it for future generations.

“The new picnic area is of very high quality and in a fantastic spot, adding to the many reasons to enjoy a visit to the Crook O’ Lune.”