VIDEO: Unsafe Burnley footbridge taken down

A footbridge in Burnley, deemed to be too unsafe, has been taken down.

The steel structure links residential areas from Raglan Road to Burnham Gate across the railway near to Manchester Road Station.

The bridge links residential areas from Raglan Road to Burnham Gate across the railway near to Manchester Road Station. (s)

The bridge links residential areas from Raglan Road to Burnham Gate across the railway near to Manchester Road Station. (s)

An inspection by Lancashire County Council revealed that the bridge had corroded to the point that it was no longer cost-effective to repair and could pose a potential risk if left in place over the railway.

The county council is asking people to use alternative crossing points within 150m in either direction of the existing bridge until funds are available to replace it.

David Leung, bridges design manager, said: “We’re sorry to have to remove this bridge and the convenient route it provides between residential areas but, as it would pose an increasing risk to the railway and anyone attempting to cross it, the only safe thing to do is to take it down.

“As I’m sure people are aware, budgets are very tight across all areas of the county council at the moment and we can’t replace it within the current plan of works which take us up to 2015/16.

“However, we recognise it’s a facility that provides a useful connection between communities which people use every day and so we will look to identify funding to replace it in a future plan.”