WORK is due to start today to build a unique “Meccano-style” bridge at a Bolton beauty spot.

The £90,000 canal bridge at Nob End in Little Lever is designed to look like it is made from a giant Meccano set.

Following the building of the abutments and side walls, construction of the metalwork is due to begin today with the bridge expected to be complete by Tuesday.

The ironwork bridge will link Little Lever with Moses Gate Country Park and will be built on the site of an old horse bridge, passing over the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal.

The Meccano pieces are 10 times the size of the toy set, and a local steel fabricator has made the beams, nuts and bolts in the same style — but 10 times thicker and 1,000 times heavier.

The society is asking for volunteers to help with the work, which will take place from 9am until 4pm, from today onwards.

Anyone wishing to help is asked to bring “stout shoes” and gloves.