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New 12m Wainwright Bridge opens

Wainwright Bridge
The bridge links Bolton Road and Barbara Castle Way

A new 12m bridge has officially opened in Blackburn.

The Wainwright Bridge over Freckleton Street links Bolton Road to Barbara Castle Way in the Lancashire town.

The dual carriageway steel structure is named after the fell walker and Lake District author, Alfred Wainwright, who was born in Audley Range.

Children from St Anne's RC Primary School in Blackburn were the first to cycle across the bridge before cars, buses and bikes followed.

Councillor Alan Cottam, executive member for regeneration, said: "The Wainwright Bridge is a modern full width bridge for all.

"It does not have a height restrictions like Darwen Street bridge and will bring traffic onto the new link road, which also has access to all the car parks.

"It will also open up a large area of the town centre for commercial development and regeneration."

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