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Paint job for famous old bridge

A popular Georgian bridge built to give easy access to Scarborough Spa is to look resplendent when it is given a new lick of paint.

Spa Bridge opened in 1827, spans the valley from St Nicholas Cliff to the Spa. It is 75ft above the valley and 414ft (about 126m) long.

North Yorkshire County Council is to undertake essential maintenance painting next month. It will involve removing the existing damaged paint on the underside of the bridge and applying new paint coatings to protect the cast iron bridge structure.

The bridge will remain open to pedestrians throughout the work. The council will have to temporarily move the existing bus stop opposite the Rotunda Museum to a new position in Vernon Road, but there will be signs telling bus users where to catch the bus.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, the executive member for highways, said: “The bridge was opened in July 1827 and provides a pedestrian link between St Nicholas Cliff to the Spa and to the Holbeck area of town. Shortly after it was opened a toll booth was erected as the bridge proved so popular. This Georgian bridge is a rare example of a multi-span cast iron structure and requires this regular maintenance work to protect it from the elements.”

The work is scheduled to start on Monday, 24 September. Signs will be put up in the area confirming the date the work will start.

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