Bridge over busy road with rusted railings is a ‘danger to kids’

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Parents have been warned about a "dangerous" bridge after a passerby noted it had worryingly rusted railings.

The Park Lane footbridge, which runs over Dunnings Bridge Road, appears to have been allowed to deteriorate over the years.

In pictures shared with the ECHO the railings can be seen heavily damaged with rust, so much so it has caused cracks in the metal.

Gary Woodruff noticed the condition of the bridge and after spotting the railings made contact with the school in the local area.

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He also contacted Sefton Council however the bridge is maintained by Highways England.

Gary told the ECHO: "If that were a wall, the fire brigade and the police would section the road off.

"This is just unbelievable.

"I phoned the school [Our Ladies of Walsingham primary school] and now they have had to hand out letters to all the parents telling them about the bridge.

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Park Lane footbridge

"That doesn't help the other people that have to use the bridge with their kids."

The 64-year-old claims that after contacting Highways England he is still yet to see anything done.

He said: "There are plans for a new bridge but that's not helping the situation because it only takes one child to fall."

Highways England Engineering Team Manager Ryan Chan said: “A major project to replace Park Lane footbridge in Sefton is planned to start later this year.

"The new bridge will be more accessible and located at the junction with the A5036 Dunnings Bridge Road, the footbridge will provide a vital crossing point for the community.

“The existing bridge was constructed in 1968 and we’re aware this bridge is reaching the end of its serviceable life. In the meantime, we’re ensuring the bridge is safe with regular inspections and repairs as necessary.”

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