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Behind the scenes look at repairs to Bascule Bridge as work continues ahead of schedule

PUBLISHED: 19:02 13 February 2018 | UPDATED: 19:11 13 February 2018

Work is carried out to replace the lifting mechanisms of the Lowestoft Bascule Bridge.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Work is carried out to replace the lifting mechanisms of the Lowestoft Bascule Bridge. Picture: Nick Butcher

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Maintenance work to Lowestoft’s Bascule Bridge is on schedule to finish earlier than expected.

Work is carried out to replace the lifting mechanisms of the Lowestoft Bascule Bridge.
Picture: Nick ButcherWork is carried out to replace the lifting mechanisms of the Lowestoft Bascule Bridge. Picture: Nick Butcher

Work to replace the lifting mechanisms on the 45-year-old bridge started on January 29, with overnight closures on week nights from 8pm to 6am expected to be in place until February 26.

However a spokesman from Highways England said the work is expected to finish earlier than anticipated, likely by the end of this week.

The bridge carries around 13,600 vehicles a day over the beginning of the A47 through Lowestoft, as the road continues north into Great Yarmouth and beyond. The bridge also provides access to Lowestoft Port, making it a key commercial spot for the town.

Work is carried out to replace the lifting mechanisms of the Lowestoft Bascule Bridge.
Picture: Nick ButcherWork is carried out to replace the lifting mechanisms of the Lowestoft Bascule Bridge. Picture: Nick Butcher

The spokesman said: “This essential maintenance work will ensure that the bridge remains in serviceable condition to the public and continue to serve the local community for many more years.”

The work is costing £230,000 and signed diversion routes will remain in place until the work is complete.

Work is carried out to replace the lifting mechanisms of the Lowestoft Bascule Bridge.
Picture: Nick ButcherWork is carried out to replace the lifting mechanisms of the Lowestoft Bascule Bridge. Picture: Nick Butcher

Work is carried out to replace the lifting mechanisms of the Lowestoft Bascule Bridge.
Picture: Nick ButcherWork is carried out to replace the lifting mechanisms of the Lowestoft Bascule Bridge. Picture: Nick Butcher

Work is carried out to replace the lifting mechanisms of the Lowestoft Bascule Bridge.
Picture: Nick ButcherWork is carried out to replace the lifting mechanisms of the Lowestoft Bascule Bridge. Picture: Nick Butcher

Work is carried out to replace the lifting mechanisms of the Lowestoft Bascule Bridge.
Picture: Nick ButcherWork is carried out to replace the lifting mechanisms of the Lowestoft Bascule Bridge. Picture: Nick Butcher

Work is carried out to replace the lifting mechanisms of the Lowestoft Bascule Bridge.
Picture: Nick ButcherWork is carried out to replace the lifting mechanisms of the Lowestoft Bascule Bridge. Picture: Nick Butcher

Work is carried out to replace the lifting mechanisms of the Lowestoft Bascule Bridge.
Picture: Nick ButcherWork is carried out to replace the lifting mechanisms of the Lowestoft Bascule Bridge. Picture: Nick Butcher

Work is carried out to replace the lifting mechanisms of the Lowestoft Bascule Bridge.
Picture: Nick ButcherWork is carried out to replace the lifting mechanisms of the Lowestoft Bascule Bridge. Picture: Nick Butcher

Work is carried out to replace the lifting mechanisms of the Lowestoft Bascule Bridge.
Picture: Nick ButcherWork is carried out to replace the lifting mechanisms of the Lowestoft Bascule Bridge. Picture: Nick Butcher

Work is carried out to replace the lifting mechanisms of the Lowestoft Bascule Bridge.
Picture: Nick ButcherWork is carried out to replace the lifting mechanisms of the Lowestoft Bascule Bridge. Picture: Nick Butcher

Work is carried out to replace the lifting mechanisms of the Lowestoft Bascule Bridge.
Picture: Nick ButcherWork is carried out to replace the lifting mechanisms of the Lowestoft Bascule Bridge. Picture: Nick Butcher

Work is carried out to replace the lifting mechanisms of the Lowestoft Bascule Bridge.
Picture: Nick ButcherWork is carried out to replace the lifting mechanisms of the Lowestoft Bascule Bridge. Picture: Nick Butcher

Work is carried out to replace the lifting mechanisms of the Lowestoft Bascule Bridge.
Picture: Nick ButcherWork is carried out to replace the lifting mechanisms of the Lowestoft Bascule Bridge. Picture: Nick Butcher

The control panel to lift the Lowestoft Bascule Bridge.
Picture: Nick ButcherThe control panel to lift the Lowestoft Bascule Bridge. Picture: Nick Butcher

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