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

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

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

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

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

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


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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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