A bridge too far for neighbours

John Cartwright in front of the Pleasure Beach bridge.
John Cartwright in front of the Pleasure Beach bridge.
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Noisy workmen and inconvenience for disabled people are just some of the complaints made by people living near a railway footbridge.

The bridge, which links Blackpool Pleasure Beach station to Burlington Road, in South Shore, is undergoing major repairs until September.
But residents on the street say they are suffering because of the works.

John Cartwright, 60, said: “I know it’s got to be done but the one thing annoying me about it is the noise at night time, it’s not fair to people.”

Adam Snape, 19, uses the bridge to cycle to work in North Shore and estimates the diversion around local streets adds around 10 minutes on to his journey.

He said: “It’s a bit of an inconvenience because it’s quite a long time. I’m actually quite gutted about it.”

Pearl Beattie, 68, who is disabled, said: “It’s really awkward when people have got wheelchairs.”

The work is expected to last until September.

A Network Rail spokesman said: “We are refurbishing this footbridge to improve its visual appearance and ensure it is fit for use for many years to come.

“We’ll be repairing steelwork and masonry and giving the bridge a fresh coat of paint.

“To complete the work safely, we need close the bridge and we have written to local residents to inform them about the work.

“The short diversion route is well signposted.”

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