Timelapse footage shows overnight demolition of Park Lane footbridge

A footbridge deemed unsafe for pedestrians after it was struck by a vehicle has been demolished.

The Park Lane footbridge, which allowed pedestrians to cross over the A5036 in Sefton, was struck by a crane being carried along the carriageway on Friday 7 October.

Following an assessment, the bridge was closed to the public and was subsequently demolished on Saturday 22 October overnight.

A full closure of the A5036 took place from 7pm on Saturday 22 October to 7am on Sunday 23 October and timelapse footage has been captured to show the work carried out to bring the Park Lane footbridge down.

Demolition contractor PP O’Connor, working for Principal Contractor AE Yates, can be seen cutting the bridge into segments before it is brought down in stages.

As daylight breaks, workers can be seen using cranes to finalise the demolition and remove the remnants of the structure that had been in place since 1968.

Robert Heywood, National Highways’ Route Manager, said, “We are pleased that we managed to take down the Park Lane footbridge and the removal was successful. 

“I’d like to thank those who previously used the footbridge for their patience and also the drivers who use the A5036 and may have been affected by the overnight closure.

“While a temporary pedestrian crossing nearby remains in place, we are working on developing a more substantial one pending the construction of a permanent scheme.”


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