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Burton Civic Scoiety bridge visit.
Left to right: Civic society president Valerie Burton, society member Mick Clifford and Helen Fisher.

Civic society members view major improvement project to town bridge

Members of Burton Civic Society visited the project team carrying out a major maintenance project on one of the town’s main bridges this week.

The Burton Bridge project is progressing well and the last sections of historic tram track are now being removed.

Original kerbing is also being reinstated to maintain the bridge’s heritage. The bridge’s plaques will be restored and refitted.

Some sections of tram track are being stored by East Staffordshire Borough Council and others have gone to Statfold Barn Railway near Tamworth – home to one of the original Burton tram carriages.

President of the Civic Society Valerie Burton and fellow member Mick Clifford met with the project team and the county council’s cabinet member for highways and transport Helen Fisher on Wednesday.

Valerie Burton said:

The work has been going very well and it has been good to come out to see how it has progressed. As a society we were really pleased to see the old trams track sections preserved.

They were a hidden history – we knew they were there and they are evident on old photographs – but we have seen them uncovered and now saved. It is also pleasing to see the original kerbing reinstated and the plaques restored. This is a historic bridge which through this project is being improved and maintained to ensure it is fit for modern use and preserved for the future.”

Helen Fisher said:

I was pleased to meet members of the civic society and for the team to explain to them some of the intricacies of the job. They were of course very interested in the historic elements of the bridge works, such as the tram tracks and kerbing, but also about the general practical improvements like bridge drainage.

One of the notable successes of this project, along with the speed which we’re getting it done, has been the support of groups like the civic society, businesses and residents. It’s great that they have taken such a keen interest so we are all the more pleased it will be finished well ahead of schedule.”