Recently repaired Clitheroe footbridge is slammed

Graiffit on the footbridge in George Street, Clitheroe
Graiffit on the footbridge in George Street, Clitheroe

Mindless vandals have daubed graffiti on a recently-restored Clitheroe footbridge.

It is understood Network Rail spent almost £1m. on restoring and renovating the Kemple View footbridge, between Kemple View and George Street.

The work undertaken involved complete reconstruction of the existing footbridge, which was primarily constructed from timber, replaced with a new, upgraded steel structure.

However, since it opened in March this year, residents have been voicing their concerns about its condition.

A Clitheroe resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: “The new footbridge has been open less than six months, but has a few flaws; the hand rail is missing; when it rains the Tarmaced area at the George Street end has no drainage so you have a big puddle to wade through; the landing at the George Street end is not level so rain water doesn’t run off it which might make a nice ice rink in winter and there has been some pretty tasteless graffiti.

“This would have cost Network Rail between £500,000 and £1m. to build so it really should be perfect.”

At the time of the opening, another reader wrote to the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times expressing his frustration: “I’m still at a loss why £834,000 has been spent to replace a solid structure without any lighting in the scheme and using the same approaches from Kemple View and George Street.”