New canal bridge swung into action
A MAJOR new bridge has swung into action as part of the ongoing restoration of the Stroud canals.
The £300,000 crossing of the town's Chestnut Lane was officially opened by councillors.
Capable of carrying the heaviest vehicles on the road the completion of the bridge was the latest milestone in the Cotswold Canals' restoration.
"This underlines the tremendous progress we are making on regenerating the canal," Coun Geoff Wheeler, leader of Stroud District Council said.
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"We know residents and businesses have been inconvenienced whilst the crossing was closed but we are very grateful for their fantastic support and tolerance," he said.
Coun Roger Sanders, the district's executive member for regeneration assisted at the ceremony.
First across the bridge was a car driven by Janet Blake, co-owner of Cristie Electronics, one of the firms most affected during the six-month closure of the route.
The swing bridge is operated by an electro-hydraulic system using a key normally carried by boaters.