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Bridge update: Video and pictures

More pictures of the bridge that has collapsed next to Barton Bridge on the M60 have been released.

The bridge consists of four huge pillars that were supporting a platform. It is believed the platform was being lowered this morning at 9.30am when it collapsed. No injuries were reported.

Bridge collapse Credit: MEN SYNDICATION
Before collapse Credit: MEN SYNDICATION

Update: Pictures show bridge before and after collapse

Astonishing before and after pictures show the scale of the collapsed bridge that was supposed to eventually carry a dual carriageway over the Manchester Ship canal.

Witnesses reported hearing a loud bang and said it felt as if there was an “earthquake” in the area.

It appears a concrete platform being constructed between four 31-metre (93ft) high pillars fell to the ground on Monday morning.

The structure is part of a new lifting bridge which will carry a new dual carriageway over the Manchester Ship Canal, joining the Trafford Centre on one side to Salford.

Picture shows bridge before collapse Credit: MEN SYNDICATION
Bridge after collapse Credit: MEN SYNDICATION

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Roadworks on IOM before start of TT

Major roadworks are being carried out on one of the most dangerous routes on the Isle of Man in preparation for the TT motorcycle festival.

Work is taking place at the Waterworks and Mountain Mile to prevent the hazardous routes from becoming impassable.

The mountain road is a popular route for tourists visiting for the TT races in June each year. Phil Gawne is from the MHK's Department of Infrastructure

100 days on from Boxing Day floods

100 days on from the Boxing Day floods many people affected are still struggling to rebuild their lives.

More than 2,000 homes and businesses were flooded in the deluge in December 2015.

One of the worst hit areas was Whalley, Ribble Valley, where the River Calder burst its banks.

Flood defences are being restored but there is no promise that they will hold in the future.

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