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New Burnley motorway bridge could bring 1.4k jobs to the area
WORK has begun on a bridge which could help bring more than 1,400 jobs to Burnley and surrounding areas over the next few years.
Contractors have been busy preparing the former Hepworth’s site at Hapton for the Burnley Bridge Business Park since late spring.
The footings are now in place for the multi-million pound bridge which will connect the sprawling 70-acre location with junction nine of the M65.
The bridge, which spans the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, was funded through £3.85m from the European Regional Development Fund and a Lancashire Growing Places fund loan of £2.4m.
Guiseley-based developers Eshton, the firm behind the business park, are hopeful announcements will be made on the first tenants later this year.
An Eshton spokesman said: “We have had quite a lot of strong interest in Burnley Bridge so some deals are definitely pending.
“As far as the bridge is concerned, the beams will soon be dropped into place and we should see it completed around October.”
The first phase of the development incorporates a 61,500 square foot warehouse, dubbed the Cobalt Building.
A further 29,000 square foot of business units, in two blocks, will also be built around Magnesium Court Burnley Council chief executive Steve Rumbelow has previously highlighted that the development will offer larger commercial units with easy access to the M65 corridor.
Council leader Coun Julie Cooper and Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle have given their backing to the initiative.
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