Princess Royal to open bridge destroyed by floods

Northside Bridge in May 2012
It has taken three years to rebuild the road bridge in Workington. Photo: ITV

A bridge which has become a symbol of west Cumbria's recovery after the floods will be reopened by the Princess Royal next month.

The Northside Bridge in Workington collapsed into the swollen River Derwent overnight on November 20, 2009. It caused the death of PC Bill Barker, a police officer who was diverting traffic off the bridge and helping with the rescue operation.

Since then, £11.2m has been spent rebuilding the structure, which connects two sides of the town. A temporary road bridge has been in place, which will close when the new one opens.

The opening ceremony will take place on October 22, five months later than originally planned and nearly three years since the floods which destroyed the bridge.

Aerial picture of Northside Bridge collapsed
The bridge collapsed overnight as the River Derwent overflowed Credit: ITV