Bridge to Northampton shopping centre back in place

Weston Favell Centre, Wellingborough Road, Northampton Reopening of Standens Barn bridge.

Weston Favell Centre, Wellingborough Road, Northampton Reopening of Standens Barn bridge.

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A bridge between Standens Barn and the Weston Favell Centre has been reopened three months after it was taken away to be repaired.

The 1975 footbridge was removed so it could undergo ‘major refurbishment work’ but is now back in full use.

Matthew Hulland, spokesman for the the shopping centre, said: “It first closed back in March while the shopping team had to find shoppers a safe, temporary crossing.

“Then it was removed in the dark of night and taken to Birmingham for restoration work, but now its story ends with a new look and grand reopening.”

The 20-tonne, 28 metre-high structure has received minimal maintenance over the years but, following recent surveys, was identified as being ‘structurally deficient’.

It was loaded on to a specially-equipped long-load vehicle using a 70 tonne crane before being repaired and repainted as part of a £4 million renovation of Weston Favell Shopping Centre.

Northampton Borough Council leader Mary Markham and ward councillor Stephen Hibbert performed the ribbon-cutting.