Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Valley Back on the Map; Bridge Repair Restores Route to Beauty Spot

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Valley Back on the Map; Bridge Repair Restores Route to Beauty Spot

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Byline: Dave Black

TRAFFIC is flowing freely again through one of Northumberland's most popular and scenic valleys following the completion of a trouble-plagued project to upgrade a 100-year-old bridge. Strengthening work on Peggy Bells Bridge, which provides the only access into the heart of the Breamish and Ingram Valley, started more than two years ago. A temporary bridge was built to ensure that the valley road serving the village of Linhope was kept open to vehicles.

The scheme suffered setbacks because of serious flooding from the River Breamish in September 2008 and May 2009 -and other weather-related delays and problems - but was eventually completed.

Now the bridge, which was built in 1908, has been officially re-opened by Lord James Percy, the youngest brother of the Duke of Northumberland.

Because it is in a conservation area, it was essential that as much as possible of the original fabric and appearance of the bridge was retained.

The completion of the project, which has also included strengthening of the nearby Ingram Bridge, has delighted local residents, farmers and visitors who use the route for work and leisure journeys.

It means the only road through the Breamish Valley is now open to unrestricted traffic once again.

Lord James Percy said: "The operations team carrying out the repair works have endured every weather extreme over the last two years - high winds, intense rainfall, flooding, sub-zero temperatures and prolonged snow. …

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