Children invited to name landmark Leeds crossing

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CHILDREN from Kirkstall Valley Primary School have been invited to dream up a name for a bridge near their school.

The 31m bridge that links Cardigan Fields Entertainment and Armley Mills museum over the River Aire was moved yesterday for maintenance work to be carried out on it.

It is the first time the bridge, which was originally put in place when Cardigan Fields Entertainment centre opened in 1998, has been moved.

The winner’s class will return to the site later this month to unveil the newly re-painted bridge along with a permanent name plaque.

Contractors had to wait until strong winds subsided yesterday before using a crane used to swing the 16 tonne bridge on to land ahead of the £100,000 maintenance project.

Lee Collins, building surveying manager at site owners Land Securities, said: “We decided to remove the bridge to ensure there will be no environmental issues concerning contaminating the River Aire, when work starts on refurbishing the bridge.”