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Southend rail bridge works get started
12:04pm Saturday 2nd February 2013 in News
DRAMATIC work to replace Southend High Street's 130-year-old railway bridge is under way.
Workers from Network Rail have spent the morning securing the area around the bridge and have now begun to move the steel structure.
Dozens of shoppers have gathered around the spectacle, which is expected to go on for most of the day.
Ted Williams, 63, of Ness Road, Shoebury, said: "I've come down here today just to watch it.
"It's been a landmark there for so long. I wanted to watch it go."
The bridge's £2million replacement will be put in place later this afternoon, while works to restore the tracks go on tomorrow.
The whole project is expected to be finished in time for the morning rush hour on Monday.
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