WORK has started on a major scheme which will bring a new bridge to Marsden.

Workmen have started preliminary work on the scheme which will eventually see the replacement of the village’s historic Union Bridge, near the parish church.

The early work involves building a small pipe bridge which will carry cables currently fastened to Union Bridge.

It will be built slightly downstream of Union Bridge and will involve work on electricity and phone cables.

The demolition of Union Bridge is expected in May.

Work to remove it and build a new bridge is expected to take 47 weeks, finishing in January 2010.

Engineers will do the work in two phases, allowing traffic to continue using the bridge with one-way traffic for the majority of the time. There will be diversions via Manchester Road, Peel Street and Station Road.

There will be some points when vehicle access to The Green and Clough Lea will be banned, but this will be advertised in advance.

A display of the bridge plans goes on show in Marsden today.

Kirklees Council highways staff will man the exhibition at Marsden Mechanics’ Institute from 2 to 8pm to answer any questions.

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