New £1.8 million Wilson's Bridge in Kearsley reopens to the public

Wilson's Bridge in Kearsley

Wilson's Bridge in Kearsley

From left, Jackie Roberts, footpath secretary of the Ramblers Association, MP Yasmin Qureshi and Carl Stringer, project manager of United Utilities, at the opening of Wilson’s Bridge

Wilson's Bridge in Kearsley

Wilson's Bridge in Kearsley as it was

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

A £1.8 MILLION footbridge was officially opened to the public — six years after it was closed.

Wilson’s Bridge, which runs over the River Croal in Kearsley, was rebuilt by United Utilities, after the old bridge was declared unstable in 2008.

But following nine months of redevelopment and the installation of a new sewer pipe, it is now fit for public use.

The bridge between Farnworth, Kearsley and Little Lever was opened by MP Yasmin Qureshi.

Residents and councillors were invited to the official opening, along with members of the rambling community.

United Utilities project manager Carl Stringer said: “This bridge is exactly what we envisaged. It’s a lengthy process to get to a point where you have something on the drawing board, but it’s a very rewarding feeling for everyone at the company to see it finally completed.”

Ms Qureshi, MP for Bolton South East, said: “The bridge looks very impressive. It’s brilliant that, after all these years of planning and preparation, this bridge has been built.

“It will unite the people of Farnworth, Kearsley and Little Lever and its opening will come as great news to the walkers and ramblers in the area.”

Tom Sharples, vice chairman of The Bolton Ramblers’ Association, said: “This is the third bridge I’ve seen here in my time and this one looks superb.

“At the moment, our group has to walk along the country park to get from Farnworth to Kearsley, so it saves us a long journey. Judging by the strength of its construction, it should be around for a long time.”

The new steel structure has been designed to be in-keeping with the original and at the end of February it was brought to the site in three parts, where it was bolted together before being lifted into position using a 500-ton crane.

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3:10pm Mon 19 May 14

Reality50 says...

Why invite Qureshi? Did she build the bridge? Vote her out. Glad its reopened as its a great way for walkers and cyclists to get to Little Lever or back to Farnworth. Why it took 6 years defies belief.
Why invite Qureshi? Did she build the bridge? Vote her out. Glad its reopened as its a great way for walkers and cyclists to get to Little Lever or back to Farnworth. Why it took 6 years defies belief. Reality50
  • Score: 1

10:50pm Mon 19 May 14

Womble says...

No, but she was the one who pushed United Utilities to get it rebuilt, as you would know if you bothered to look it up rather than just trying to have a cheap and uninformed pop at her at possible opportunity.
No, but she was the one who pushed United Utilities to get it rebuilt, as you would know if you bothered to look it up rather than just trying to have a cheap and uninformed pop at her at possible opportunity. Womble
  • Score: 10

4:05am Tue 20 May 14

BoltonLancs says...

@Womble; But didn't she presume the bridge would be renamed.???
@Womble; But didn't she presume the bridge would be renamed.??? BoltonLancs
  • Score: -7

10:58am Tue 20 May 14

allan111111 says...

Locals will now be working out the scrap value no doubt
Locals will now be working out the scrap value no doubt allan111111
  • Score: -1

11:42am Tue 20 May 14

gizmouk1 says...

just a shame that the photographer has take liberties to photograph the wrong bridge for the last photo...as wilsons bridge cross between crompton lodges and farnworth....not between crompton lodges and towards ringley!
just a shame that the photographer has take liberties to photograph the wrong bridge for the last photo...as wilsons bridge cross between crompton lodges and farnworth....not between crompton lodges and towards ringley! gizmouk1
  • Score: 2

2:28pm Tue 20 May 14

Reality50 says...

It was blatant electioneering by Labour with elections this week. Timed perfectly for their own ends.
It was blatant electioneering by Labour with elections this week. Timed perfectly for their own ends. Reality50
  • Score: -6

3:09pm Tue 20 May 14

Womble says...

Reality50 wrote:
It was blatant electioneering by Labour with elections this week. Timed perfectly for their own ends.
Yes, I'm sure that United Utilities timed it deliberately, waiting all these years to get it read just for the week before the elections. They do that, don't they?
[quote][p][bold]Reality50[/bold] wrote: It was blatant electioneering by Labour with elections this week. Timed perfectly for their own ends.[/p][/quote]Yes, I'm sure that United Utilities timed it deliberately, waiting all these years to get it read just for the week before the elections. They do that, don't they? Womble
  • Score: 7

7:38am Thu 29 May 14

JustBecause says...

gizmouk1 wrote:
just a shame that the photographer has take liberties to photograph the wrong bridge for the last photo...as wilsons bridge cross between crompton lodges and farnworth....not between crompton lodges and towards ringley!
Once again BN shows a total lack of professionalism, how can they get the picture of the old bridge wrong. Show a total lack of local knowledge, or worse interest !
[quote][p][bold]gizmouk1[/bold] wrote: just a shame that the photographer has take liberties to photograph the wrong bridge for the last photo...as wilsons bridge cross between crompton lodges and farnworth....not between crompton lodges and towards ringley![/p][/quote]Once again BN shows a total lack of professionalism, how can they get the picture of the old bridge wrong. Show a total lack of local knowledge, or worse interest ! JustBecause
  • Score: 0

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