Coxhead's Swing Bridge attacked by JCB

Published: Friday, 26 April 2019

THE situation at the broken Coxhead's Swing Bridge has been made worse by vandals attacking it with a stolen JCB.

The JCB was left on the site of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal swing bridge, but was started by vandals who used it to attack both the bridge and the cabins that had been on site, Peter Earley reports.

CoxheadNow destroyed

In addition to the broken mechanism Canal & River Trust now have to contend with the damage caused by the JCB, that was on site to assist with the rebuild of the landing stage, that is now destroyed.

The police have been called in and state that the damage is believed to have occurred between the evening of Tuesday the 23rd and the morning of Wednesday the 24th.

Manual swinging

The damage caused is significant and is going to have a huge impact on the work, but to facilitate boaters being able to use the bridge, the contractors have allowed manual swinging of the bridge at noon tomorrow (Saturday) and thereafter at noon on Monday and Friday until the work is completed.

The trust has asked boaters with a Liverpool Link/Salthouse Dock booking, to make sure they leave with enough time to allow passage through Coxhead's Bridge 20.