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Bridge demolition work to start

The bowstring bridge
Campaigners failed in an attempt to get the bridge listed

A date has been set to begin the controversial demolition of a Victorian bridge in Leicester.

Dismantling of the derelict Bowstring Bridge in the city's West End was due to start on 21 September but was put back because of engineering works.

Campaigners fought to save the bridge and applied for it to have listed status but English Heritage said the structure did not meet the criteria.

Work to dismantle the bridge will start on 5 October, the city council said.

Road closures and traffic diversions will be put in place on main routes near the site of the bridge at the junction of Braunstone Gate and Western Boulevard.

Its demolition follows a decision by Leicester City Council's cabinet that the costs of repairing and restoring the disused bridge, which dates from the 1890s, would be too expensive.

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