Essential work on Burton Bridge has helped give an insight into a time when trams operated around the town.
The tram tracks which ran across the bridge have been exposed as part of the crucial scheme to safeguard the future use of the iconic bridge, which will see strengthening, drainages and resurfacing works take place over the summer.
Staffordshire County Council engineers were already aware of the tracks and have carried out “trial holes” to identify their location and depth. They will be removed as part of the scheme to ensure sufficient depth for the works to be completed.
Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said:
The tram was very much a feature of Burton in Victorian times and the tracks are a legacy of that time.
They need to be removed to allow the essential works to be completed and we have been making enquires to see if a new home or use can be found.”
Work on the bridge began on Monday and is part of a £6.1m scheme to safeguard the use of both St Peter’s bridge and Burton Bridge.
After listening to residents and businesses the county council postponed the scheme from the New Year. The length of the scheme has also been reduced by three weeks and one lane into Burton has been kept open for traffic. Access for cyclists and pedestrians will be maintained through out the scheme.
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