Work ongoing at River Bann

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A large pontoon and crane are continuing to work at the River Bann in Portadown – the second time within weeks that such a structure has appeared on the river.

This one was set in place near the railway bridge by Translink as part of their on-going work to counteract erosion on its structures.

The Portadown Bridge is one of the most important rail crossing in the Translink system and erosion is constantly kept under surveillance, hence the pontoon and the crane. The ‘iron bridge’ dates back to 1871 when it replaced the original timber structure (1842) which had five 37-foot spans.

The crane and pontoon of a few weeks ago was placed there by the borough council as part of a plan to improve Shillington’s Quay.