A DARK bridge that offers crucial pedestrian access to Old Leigh has had its lights reinstated thanks to the work of local residents and councillors.
Sara, who owns Sara’s Tea Garden in the Old town reported the pitch-black bridge over the railway lines, which has reportedly been the site of accidents due to the lighting conditions.
The New Road bridge has been blacked-out and was difficult to use, but now has its lights reinstated, after Coun Arscott, Chairman of Leigh Town Council, made it his mission to get them up and running.
The lights are maintained by UK Power Network, who fixed them on December 7th, necessitating a brief road closure.
A UK Power Network spokesman said: “The lighting problem on the footbridge in New Road, Leigh, was reported to UK Power Networks by the local authority on October 30th 2023.
“This could not be fixed immediately as a road closure was required in order to safely repair the lights.
“The road closure and works will go ahead on Thursday 7 December, near the junction with Hadleigh Road. It will reopen on Friday 8th December,” the spokesman said.
Coun Arscott told Leigh News: ““I am delighted that the problem of the lights on the foot bridge from the Old Town to New Road has finally been resolved. I am only too aware that the repairs have been a long wait.
“Residents can now use this bridge after dark and feel safe and secure.”
Picture: Light shone on a dangerous situation.
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