December this year will mark three years since Whorlton Bridge was closed entirely from public and vehicle access.
Since becoming an MP I have been working with Durham County Council, as well as speaking to residents to ensure the bridge is re-opened. After securing £20 million for the area in the Levelling Up Fund, funding to begin the work to restore this historic and vital transport link began.
I am delighted this month early compound works are beginning. There are still various permissions being sought to carry out repair works. An application has been made to Historic England for the works and it is expected a decision will be confirmed late 2023, when the full dismantling and restoration works can begin.
This has been a long project, but progress is being made. I will continue to monitor progress and speak to residents affected by the bridges closure. More information and updates on the work being conducted by Durham County Council can be found here: https://www.durham.gov.uk/article/25171/Whorlton-Bridge-current-program…