Burry Port railway station footbridge to be saved
A FOOTBRIDGE at Burry Port railway station will be saved after campaigners' fight against its demolition.
Network Rail, which is responsible for the bridge, has confirmed that it will be saved after talks with the Burry Port community.
The Victorian bridge will now be repainted and refurbished by the rail company at a cost of £100,000.
It was initially proposed that the 130-year-old bridge be demolished because of its poor condition and to track public funds into other areas.
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But after a review of Network Rail's portfolio, the company has had a change of heart and will now fully fund the repair work, which will be completed within 2013.
Network Rail's Wales route managing director Mark Langman said: "I have reviewed our portfolio and am able to exploit a short-term opportunity that has arisen. Therefore, Network Rail is now able to commit to fully funding the repair and repainting of the bridge. The work will extend the life-span of the footbridge for many years to come."
MP Nia Griffith, who pledged to save the bridge, said: "I am absolutely delighted that, despite the difficult economic times, Network Rail has been able to make funding available to repair and repaint the footbridge.
"I know that this outcome will be very much welcomed by residents in Burry Port who are very proud of their heritage."